Lockdown Returns: Curfew in Maharashtra, massive restrictions in several states

New Delhi: On the one hand, there is a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic in the country, on the other hand, increasing Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu has once again raised concerns. 

More than 78 percent of the cases are coming from these five states. In view of the transition, the Maharashtra government is preparing to take strict action again. Night curfew has been imposed by Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. 

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has decided to postpone the board exams of classes 10 and 12. Now the board exams will be held in April and May. 

According to the Punjab School Education Board, due to the increasing cases of coronavirus, the class 12 examination originally scheduled for March 22 will now be held from April 20 to May 24. The 10th exam will be held from May 4 to May 24.

In view of the increasing coronavirus cases in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with chief ministers of the worst affected states on Wednesday. The Union Health Minister has said that Covid-19 cases are increasing due to negligence of measures to prevent coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra have crossed 2.3 million. The state government has imposed a 50 percent strict ban instead of lockdown to control the Covid-19 pandemic. Night curfew has also been imposed in some cities of Maharashtra along with the lockdown. 

Hotels, restaurants, cinema halls and multiplexes are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity only. In addition, all social, religious, political and cultural ceremonies have been banned. The number of people has been reduced to 50 in weddings and 20 in funerals. A lockdown has been imposed for a week in Nagpur on Monday with strict restrictions. During this time hundreds of people were fined for not wearing masks.

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After a steady increase in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the Madhya Pradesh government has also started preparations. A decision can be taken today to impose a night curfew in Indore and Bhopal. 

On the other hand, instructions have been issued to quarantine people coming from Maharashtra to the state for seven days. People arriving here by flight need to undergo a Covid-19 test 48 hours before arrival, but there is no provision for any kind of investigation for those coming by bus, train and personal vehicles. 

Recently, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had asked for a review meeting to tighten vigil at the districts on the border of Maharashtra and quarantine the passengers coming from there for 7 days.

In view of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in other states, the Bihar government has also implemented new rules. Under this, people coming from Punjab, Kerala and Maharashtra will have to show their coronavirus test reports. 

This system will be applicable at the airport as well as railway stations and inter-state bus depots. It is pertinent to mention here that people of Bihar who have migrated in large numbers to states like Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala will return to their homes on the occasion of Holi. 

Government and private schools of the state are also being considered for closure. Sources said that a meeting to close the schools on Tuesday is likely.

More than 26,000 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in the country on Monday. This is the highest single-day rise in the number of coronavirus cases after 85 days. Of these, more than 63 percent of cases have been reported in Maharashtra alone. 

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Apart from this, Covid-19 cases are also increasing in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat. 

India has administered the coronavirus vaccine to more than three crore people as part of the ongoing nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Of these, over 18 lakh doses were given on Monday.

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