Due to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases, the Maharashtra government has announced a seven-day strict lockdown in Nagpur, from March 15 to 21, 2021. After a few months of reopening, the lives of Nagpurians have reverted to a standstill all over again, due to the virus spread. The streets of Nagpur are now wearing a deserted avatar, with offices, malls, educational institutes closed and all types of large gatherings prohibited. Maharashtra has recently reported over 1,26,231 active cases. The total number of deaths from the virus in the state has been around 52,861. Read on to know more.
Private Offices, Schools, Colleges, Malls To Remain Shut
According to a Live Mint report, Nagpur Guardian Minister Nitin Raut has said, “Complete lockdown to remain imposed in Nagpur City Police Commissionerate area from March 15 to March 21. Essential services will continue.” While all private offices will remain closed, Government offices are allowed to operate with only 25 percent capacity. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions too will remain shut. However, online classes can continue. Shopping malls and weekly markets will remain closed. Essential service providers like fruits and vegetable shops, milk booths, etc. can stay open.
Large Gatherings Have Been Banned
All social, political, religious and other large gatherings will remain prohibited. Sports events and theatres involving spectators cannot take place during the lockdown. Traffic police will monitor unnecessary journeys. Cops will also keep a check on the offices and shops. As per reports, the Nagpur cops have already collected a fine of around ₹1,37,200 from nearly 464 violators. Meanwhile, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has confirmed that the vaccination drive is going on as usual. According to an Indian Express report, Nagpur Municipal Corporation Health Officer Sanjay Dhikkar said, “Vaccination has been going on as usual and with the same level of enthusiasm, as seen earlier.” Amid surging cases, Tamil Nadu has also increased lockdown till March 31. Karnataka has banned late-night parties at clubs and star hotels to curb the virus spread.