COVID-19 surge: Nagpur authorities to enforce 'strict' lockdown from 15-21 March, says Maharashtra govt

Private offices will remain closed and government offices will work at 25 percent capacity, district guardian minister Nitin Raut said on Thursday

Press Trust of India March 11, 2021 16:30:27 IST
COVID-19 surge: Nagpur authorities to enforce 'strict' lockdown from 15-21 March, says Maharashtra govt

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Nagpur: A "strict lockdown" will be enforced in Nagpur from 15 to 21 March in view of spike in COVID-19 cases, district guardian minister Nitin Raut announced on Thursday. The district has been reporting a spike in daily cases since the last month.

Raut chaired a meeting of top district officials here and later told reporters that the lockdown will be enforced in the Nagpur Police Commissionerate limits from 15 to 21 March.

During the lockdown, private offices will remain closed, while government offices will work at 25 percent capacity, said Raut. Shops of essential commodities will remain open, the minister said. Alcohol will be sold online only during the lockdown period.

Raut said people should not move out unnecessarily.

On 22 February, some restrictions were imposed in Nagpur, including strict curbs on weekends. On Wednesday, the district reported 1,710 new coronavirus cases, which pushed its overall tally to 1,62,053.

There are 12,166 active COVID-19 cases at present in Nagpur.

A total of 4,417 people have died due to the viral infection in the district so far, as per official figures.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had last year in January had appointed guardian ministers for all 36 districts of the state.

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