Deccanexpress online: Nagpur : Hundreds of people were seen floating social distancing norms at the Cotton Market in Nagpur in Maharashtra on Friday amid the surge in COVID19 cases in the state.
Not only that, despite knowing the risk of COVID19, many among them were not wearing masks. Similarly, as people gathered outside a liquor store ahead of a week-long lockdown starting Monday, social distancing norms were flouted at another place in Nagpur.
The state government on Thursday decided to impose a lockdown in Nagpur district from March 15 to 21. Only essential services such as vegetables, fruit shops and milk stores will stay open, according to the order issued by the Nagpur district administration.
Nagpur Guardian Minister Nitin Raut said, “Complete lockdown to remain imposed in Nagpur City Police Commissionerate area from March 15 to March 21. Essential services will continue.”
As per the information given by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday morning, “13,659 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra and 54 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative count of the cases in the state has reached 22,52,057. The state currently has 1,00,240 active coronavirus cases. Registering as many as 9,913 recoveries in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra’s total recovery count went up to 20,99,207.”
The Union Health Ministry expressed concerns over the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra on Thursday during its weekly press conference. It said that the reduced testing, tracing and lack of COVID appropriate behaviours have led to the surge in active cases in the state.