AMRAVATI: In more worrying signs for Maharashtra, at least 80 workers of the Amravati Municipal Corporation have now tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. So far, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of at least five municipal workers.
Among those infected with the virus are an engineer, system manager, legal officer, deputy engineer, doctor and some clerical staff, according to Municipal Commissioner Prashant Rode. Around 3,000 employees work in various departments of the Amravati Municipal Corporation and a large number of them are contractual employees.
In the last 24 hours, nearly 673 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Amravati district and 9 of the patients died during treatment at various hospitals. In the District Collectors Office, around 60-65 employees have been found corona positive, while 56 employees working at Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University have tested positive for the virus.
All this is happening despite civic body announcing a lockdown and later extending it till March 8 to control the outbreak of the virus in the district.
Maharashtra continued to witness a high spike in cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as 8,998 fresh infections were reported in the western state on Thursday, according to the latest medical bulletin released by the State Health Department. With this, Maharashtra’s infection tally reached 2,188,183, the highest in the country.
The state’s present surge in cases began in the last week of February, with more than 8,000 new daily cases being recorded. This came to an end on March 1, when there were 6,397 infections, followed by 7,863 on March 2. Then on March 3, the daily tally went up with 9,855 infections, the highest single-day count in four months.