Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Kolhapur and Sangli districts may go under complete lockdown in the coming days if coronavirus cases continue to rise at the same pace
If reports are to be believed, the central team of experts visiting the COVID-affected districts has asked the officials to impose a complete lockdown in Kolhapur and Sangli.
However, the officials are yet to receive the report from the central team.
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that there are 10 districts in Maharashtra where there is a high positivity rate. “The central team visits some of them and insists on testing, tracing and vaccination. All protocols are being followed”, he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Shashank Joshi, an expert with Maharashtra COVID Task Force confirmed that some districts like Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune Rural and even Ahmednagar and Nandurbar are showing an upward trend.
“The entire Western belt of Maharashtra is a cause of concern…We have an active virus in circulation and something is not going right,” CNN-News 18 quoted Joshi as saying.
While Maharashtra reported 6,017 new corona cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest since February 22, the Kolhapur region alone saw 2,443 new COVID-19 cases and 16 fresh deaths. At the same time, there have been 945 new infections and 5 deaths in Sangli.
The state now has 96,375 active COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 recovery rate is 96.35 per cent, while the death rate is 2.04 per cent. Significantly, no new coronavirus infection was found in the last 24 hours in the Hingoli, Wardha and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra.