Maharashtra’s Amravati Under Strict Lockdown

February 23, Kathmandu

Maharashtra's Amravati is going under a week-long lockdown from 8 pm on Monday amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the city.

The curfew will continue till 6 pm on March 1.

Only shops selling essential items will be allowed to remain open from 8 am to 3 pm every day for the public.

To implement the lockdown, 2,000 personnel of the Amravati city police and other security forces have been deployed.

The border of the city has been sealed and the main chowks are being strictly monitored by the personnel at all hours of the day, Amravati Police Commissioner Aarti Singh said today.

"I request the citizens of the city to stay at home and co-operate with us," Ms. Singh added.

Three districts of Maharashtra, Amravati, Akola, and Yavatmal have recently seen cases of the mutated strain of the coronavirus.

 According to Indian Media, Dr. Shashank Joshi, who is with the Covid task force in Maharashtra, the highly transmissible strain of the virus has been found in four people in Amravati.

"The new strain has escaped immunity and is highly transmissible. Covid caused by this strain is the same as regular Covid. However, it's more transmissible just like the UK, Brazilian, or the South African strain," Dr. Joshi added.

Another mutation was seen in the state's Yavatmal district. In that region, there are two mutant strains, Dr. Joshi told Indian Media.

Dr. TP Lahane, the Director of Medical Education and Research in Maharashtra added that the strains in Amravati, Akola and Yavatmal are not the Brazil or UK strains. Likewise, in an interview that samples from these areas are being studied.

"There is a mutation that we are seeing and the number of the cases is increasing in these three districts. In a few places, it is increasing more than 5 percent," Dr. Lahane added.

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said the coming eight days will decide whether there will be another lockdown in the state.