Nagpur district in Maharashthra will be placed under a weeklong lockdown from 15 to 21 March owing to the spike in novel coronavirus cases.
However, essential services such as vegetable and fruit shops and milk booths will stay open.
Complete lockdown to remain imposed in Nagpur City Police Commissionerate area from March 15 to March 21,” Nagpur Guardian Minister Nitin Raut was quoted as saying by LiveMint, adding that the essential services will continue in the district.
This comes a day after the Shiv Sena warned of stringent restrictions in an editorial in its mouthpiece “Saamana”.
“Is Maharashtra heading towards another lockdown? Cases across the country are increasing and Maharashtra’s contribution is major, which is a cause of concern… People should maintain self-discipline and put some restrictions on themselves. Take care, else lockdown or strict restrictions are unavoidable,” the editorial said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also indicated that more parts of the state could go into lockdown as virus cases have been on the rise in the state for nearly a month.
Nagpur District recorded a fresh upsurge in coronavirus cases, with 1,710 people testing positive for the deadly virus on Wednesday. Vidarbha’s 11 districts together also recorded a new high of 3,934 Covid-19 cases on the day.