As Maharashtra reported 6,281 fresh cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Saturday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray once again warned the state’s citizens of another lockdown if they failed to keep their behaviour in check and follow Covid-19 protocols.
Maharashtra Covid-19 infection tally has now surged past 2,093,913. This is the second time since December last year that the western state has witnessed a spike of more than 6000 cases in a day. A total of 51,753 people have died in Maharashtra due to the coronavirus disease.
Though the government hasn’t yet called it a ‘second wave’, it has directed local authorities to take all preventive measures, including lockdown restrictions, to contain the spread of the virus amid fear of new mutations.
Weekend curfews have been imposed in several districts including Amravati and Akola from Saturday night, whereas in Yavatmal, a 10-day curfew has already been imposed from February 18 that restricts a gathering of five or more people. Schools and colleges in Wardha have been ordered to remain closed until further notice.