Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Nanded district, Guardian Minister Ashok Chavan has announced the imposition of a strict curfew for 11 days. The curfew will begin from March 24, the senior Congress leader said on Twitter.
"The COVID-19 situation in Nanded district is worrisome. A review meeting was held this morning through video conferencing with the chief officers in the district. I directed the district administration to take all necessary measures to control the infection immediately," Chavan said in Marathi.
"In public interest, the District Collector has decided to impose curfew in the entire Nanded district for 11 days from midnight on March 24. The administration is taking care that the supply of essential commodities and essential services will not be affected. We request citizens should cooperate," he added.
Meanwhile, in yet another enormous spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, 30,535 new cases were reported on Sunday (March 21). This is the highest single-day surge since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous highest single-day surge was 27,126, which was reported on Saturday, March 20.
Besides, 99 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the day, taking the death toll to 53,399. The case fatality rate in the state is 2.15%.
11,314 patients were discharged in the day, taking the tally to 22,14,867. The recovery rate in the state stands at 89.32%.
Currently, 9,69,867 people are in home quarantine and 9,601 people are in institutional quarantine.
The total number of active cases in Maharashtra is 2,10,120.