Maharashtra Energy Minister and Nagpur’s Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut has categorically stated that restrictions will be imposed again, as Corona cases are on the rise during last 3-4 days. He said that the government is compelled to re-impose the restrictions, under threat of the third wave.
The market will remain open till 4 pm and restaurants till 8 pm. Other rules to be followed will be informed in the next three days. Dr Raut reviewed the situation on Monday and then informed the media about his decision.
With the beginning of festival season, the threat of third wave of Covid19 is looming large over the region. Indications of tightening restrictions on movement of people, social gatherings, markets and other activities are being projected.
The Pola festival marks end of ‘Shrawan’ month. The restrictions observed by people during the entire month will be lifted. This is followed by ten-day Ganesh Festival and Mahalaxmi pujan. The municipal authorities have appealed to the Ganesh Mandals to strictly observe restrictions during the festival. The Ganesh Mandals may also plan vaccination campaigns during this period.
Onam celebrations have been stated to be reason for rise in Corona cases in kerala. Ganesh festival may have similar effect on people of Maharashtra.
Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut has reviewed the situation in Nagpur. Several mega health camps are being organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation. In all 72 samples from Nagpur have been sent for genome sequencing. It is also learnt that 36 Delta variant cases have been detected.
Th civic authorities are continuously in touch with social organisations and business community. The decision on imposing restrictions may be taken within next three days.
Last year all the festivals passed away under strict restrictions. People had just started to feel free from the pressure of restrictions and fear of Corona infection. Discussion about opening of educational institutions, good business during festival season, marriages and other social gatherings have just started. However, rise in Corona cases has compelled the government to re-impose the restrictions.