Home COVID-19 updates Major spikes in COVID-19 cases forces lockdown in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra.

Major spikes in COVID-19 cases forces lockdown in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra.

On Saturday, the Aurangabad District Administration decided to impose lockdown on weekends due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The unanticipated surge in COVID-19 cases has forced the Maharashtra Government to re-impose strict lockdown measures in several districts.

The District Administration has said that a partial lockdown has been put in place till April 4 during weekdays.

“Complete lockdown has been imposed in Aurangabad on weekends, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases until further orders. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Aurangabad district is 57,755 including 5,569 active cases, till yesterday,” the administration.

The Maharashtra Government decided to impose a complete lockdown on Thursday, in Nagpur from March 15-21. As per the order issued by the Nagpur district administration, only essential services such as vegetable and fruit shops and milk booths will remain open.

The Union Health Ministry expressed concerns over the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, three days ago and said that reduced testing, contact tracing and lack of COVID-appropriate behaviour has led to the surge in cases.

Maharashtra recorded 2021’s highest single-day spike on the third day in a row on Friday with 15,817 new infections, a state health official said. The total cases has now increased to 22,82,191, while the death toll is now at 52,723 with 56 new casualties.

VK Paul, Member (Health) at NITI Aayog, said, “We are very worried about Maharashtra. This is a serious matter. This has two lessons – don’t take the virus for granted and if we have to remain COVID free, then, we need to follow COVID appropriate behaviour.”