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As India's COVID-19 case tally heads towards 3 lakh, Maharashtra has emerged as the state with the highest number of cases by far. As per data given by the Health Ministry, there remains more than 47,900 active cases in the western state.

Earlier on Friday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had also taken to Twitter urging people to follow social distancing norms. For one particular containment zone in the state however, love for biryani seems to be playing a role in the rising case tally.

After an investigation by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation blamed new cases in Naik Talao-Bangladesh on a resident of the area who had reportedly hosted a biryani party for his friends, senior BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari on Wednesday appeared to debunk the allegation. Tiwari told TOI that the person who is being blamed by the NMC is dependent on the daily meals provided by the corporator. He added that the resident would take the distributed meal daily because of his financial problems.

As per a report in The Hitavada, NMC's investigation revealed that a resident of Naik Talao had hosted a biryani party for his friends. For this, he had brought a food item (meat) from Mominpura. After this, the cases in the area had surged suddenly, making it a new hotspot.

While talking about the incident, Tiwari wondered how the NMC had authorized a slaughterhouse to be active in an such as Mominpura which is a hotspot.

The leader also took to Facebook condemning the decision of the NMC and said that keeping slaughterhouses open in hotspots will create more trouble for the city.

मोमिनपुरा की बेकरी कारखाना बंद है,परंतु महानगर पालिका का कत्लखाना शुरू है, पूरे शहर में संक्रमित इलाके का मांस खिलाकर क्या जनस्वास्थ्य से खिलवाड़ नहीं हो रहा

Posted by Dayashankar Tiwari on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Recently, the Naik Talao-Bangladesh area in Nagpur has emerged as one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots in the city after Mominpura and Satranjipura.

The area has reported around 209 cases as per the recent update by NMC, and the city has reported 820 cases.

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