The government of Maharashtra on Sunday announced a weeklong lockdown in the state’s Amravati district from Monday, February 22, due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
The lockdown, which is expected to start from tomorrow evening, will continue until March 1, 2021.
The government said only essential services would be allowed to operate during the strict seven-day lockdown.
“A full week-long lockdown to remain in effect in Amravati district excluding Achalpur city, starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow,” Minister Yashomati Thakur said.
The lockdown will be extended if people do not follow safety rules, the minister said.
Earlier today, the government of Maharashtra had expressed its intention to impose a nighttime curfew in several districts of the state.
It comes after the Pune district administration closed schools and training centers until February 28.
It should be noted that although Maharashtra has witnessed a new peak in coronavirus cases, the state government made it clear on Friday that variants of COVID-19 in the UK, South Africa and the Brazil had not been detected in Yavatmal, Amravati and Satara.
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are continuously increasing in the country and 14,264 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours. Data shared by the Union Health and Family Department (MoHFW) on Sunday February 21 also indicates that 90 deaths were reported in the country at the same time.