LAST UPDATED: March 24, 2021, 9:38 a.m.
Mumbai: The alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra has forced the state administration to take stringent measures. In this regard, the Parbhani district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra will be placed under lockdown from today (March 24) to March 31, in view of the increase in Covid-19 cases.
District Collector Deepak Mughalikar said earlier measures like night curfew did not prove effective, as the transition graph of new coronavirus cases is going up rapidly. The lockdown will apply at 7 pm on Wednesday. With an aim to curb the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the district, it will be strictly implemented by March 31.
Parbhani added 1,132 more cases to his overall tally since March 1, taking the district’s caseload to 5,843 on March 22.
“The district administration had earlier barred people from moving out of their homes at night, but the move failed to curb the cases,” the collector said.
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said earlier this week that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray feels that a lockdown may be necessary in some cities if fresh COVID-19 cases continue to escalate.
Maharashtra recorded 28,699 new Covid-19 infections, 13,165 recoveries and 132 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state health department, the total caseload has now gone up to 25,33,026, including 2,30,641 active coronavirus cases and 22,47,495 recoveries.
There were 5,722 new cases and 38 deaths in Pune in the last 24 hours, while 3,512 new infections were recorded in Mumbai. There have been 3,095 Covid-19 cases, 2,136 recoveries and 33 deaths in Nagpur over the 24 hours.