In view of the rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, CM of Maharashtra has set to impose restrictions across the state, particularly in regions which are reporting maximum infections. According to official data, the state recorded 6,971 positive cases within last 24 hours. Whereas the caseload increased to 21,00,884, the death toll increased to 51,788 with 35 new fatalities. The number of active cases has reached at 52,956. The chief minister has proclaimed a complete prohibition on political, religious, and social gatherings in the state from Monday. Political gatherings will not be allowed for the next few days as they attract crowds. The Pune administration has also declared a night curfew in the city. The night curfew will be imposed from 11 pm to 6 am, only essential services will be allowed. A fine of Rs 1000 will be charged from those who are found without masks. Schools and colleges within the city also will remain closed till February 28.
The pandemic is raising its head within the state, but whether or not it’s another wave, it will be known in eight to 15 days. Forcing a lockdown may not be the solution to COVID-19. However, is the only option to break the cycle of the virus. CM said that if the (COVID-19) situation deteriorates, then they will be imposing lockdown. Those who want lockdown can roam around without a mask while those who doesn’t need it must wear a mask and follow all the rules. The government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the Amravati district for one week. Earlier, the district administration had declared lockdown for weekends in Amravati, from 8 pm on Saturday to 7 am on Monday, which is now extended except in Achalpur city. Meanwhile, essential services are going to be permitted during this period. Those found violating the rules will be punished. A face mask is the only shield in the fight against the coronavirus infection. Wear a mask, maintain discipline and follow social distancing to avoid a lockdown.
The Mumbai Police said its been authorized to issue challans to offenders not wearing a mask. “Every time we find you for not wearing a helmet or seatbelt it was always to remind you the value of your life & safety. Same for masks. Please take care. You matter to us,” Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said through a tweet.
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