Deepak Pandey, Commissioner of Police, Nashik City
Deepak Pandey, Commissioner of Police, Nashik City

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the Nashik district administration on Tuesday imposed restrictions on the market area to prevent it from getting crowded. The people in Nashik will now have to pay Rs 5 for an hour every time they visit any market, reported news agency ANI.

"We are using a different approach to contain COVID-19 spread in Nashik. We are issuing a ticket of Rs 5 per person to enter a market area for an hour. It's an attempt to save the city from entering lockdown," said Deepak Pandey, Commissioner of Police, Nashik City, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Nashik district on Tuesday saw a single-day addition of 3,532 new COVID-19 cases and 23 casualties. With the latest additions, the tally in the district has reached 1,78,214 and the toll rose to 2,374.

Of the latest fatalities, 10 are reported from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits, nine were from other parts of the district and four from Malegaon.

According to the official data, 1,12,557 cases have been recorded so far in Nashik city, followed by 54,797 in other parts of the district, 8,563 in Malegaon and 2,297 outside the district.

At least 2,641 patients were discharged from various hospitals during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 1,49,782. With the addition of 12,095 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the district rose to 7,30,989.

Meanwhile, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope has urged people to get themselves tested for the virus.

"ICU and oxygen beds are filling up fast as people are coming to the hospitals in a bad state because they got themselves tested very late. I appeal to everyone to get tested," Tope said.

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