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23rd Feb News Digest: Maharashtra state gov gives people 12-day ultimatum in wake of rising COVID-19 cases; Bengaluru faces possibility of another lockdown

Rida Shaikh

Next 12 days crucial for Maharashtra in fight against COVID-19

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Iqbal Chahar revealed that the next ten to twelve days will be very much crucial in the fight against novel coronavirus. Amid the unprecedented surge of the case in the state, Iqbal Chahar said that they will be ruthless on those who will be found violating the rules and regulations made in the wake of the pandemic.

Iqbal Chahar said, “Next 12 days are crucial. We will be ruthless. We will lodge FIRs against violators in marriage parties, including the bridegroom and bride’s parents. Not more than 50 people in a marriage party are allowed. Violations are being dealt with. Policemen are marshals and can impose fines.”

Amit Shah reviews COVID-19 situation in country, says it is under control

Amit Shah recently headed the coronavirus review meeting amid the upsurge of cases in various states. Officials informed that the meeting was mainly for reviewing the situation since the coronavirus vaccination drive begun in the country. Other concerned departments were also present in the review meeting.

Most Home G Kishan Reddy said, “The situation of Covid is under control. But precautions are a must. There is overconfidence in people. People need to be on alert till vaccination is over.”

Another possibility of lockdown in Bengaluru

After Maharashtra, Bengaluru Municipal agency chief Manjunath Prasad has made it very clear that if the people will continue flouting the norms then imposing a lockdown will be the only option.

State Health Minister, however, ruled out the possibility of another lockdown in Bengaluru. K Sudhakar said, “I have instructed all our commissioners to engage more number of marshals to monitor Covid protocols. There is a marginal rise in the positivity rate in the last few days. It’s at 1.27 per cent, which is not alarmingly high. At the moment, Karnataka doesn’t deserve a lockdown.”

 

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