Tuesday, June 22, 2021

186 students found Covid +ve in Maharashtra, over 8,800 new cases in a single day

As Maharashtra battles a surge in Covid along with four other states, 190 cases have emerged from a single hostel in a school in Washim district. Those who tested positive are 186 students and four teachers. The school premises have been declared a containment zone.

The students are mostly from Amravati and Yavatmal, two districts that have contributed to a spike in virus cases in recent weeks. Maharashtra recorded over 8,800 new cases in a single day on Wednesday, the biggest spike in four months.

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The state government and Mumbai police have warned of strict measures if people do not follow virus protocol and restrictions.

Washim has been in the news over a large gathering near a temple on Tuesday in violation of Covid restrictions. Scores of supporters of Shiv Sena minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name has been linked by the opposition to the death of a woman, gathered near the temple as he visited the shrine.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered action against those who defied rules and sought a report from the officials and the police.

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Mr Thackeray, also the Shiv Sena president, stressed that the rules were same for all. Because of the rising cases, religious, social and political gatherings have been banned.

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