Maharashtra Lockdown News Updates: To keep a check on the coronavirus cases, the Maharashtra government has imposed a complete 14-day shutdown in Hingoli district, which is 220 kilometers from Aurangabad. The lockdown will come into effect with minimal exemptions from August 6.Also Read - Will be Easier to Stop Infection If...: Maharashtra CM Concerned Over Tracking of International Passengers Amid Omicron Threat

Issuing guidelines, Collector Ruchesh Jayvanshi said that only milk outlets and medicine shops will remain open and the lockdown period will be used to trace ‘super spreaders’, with large-scale testing of shopkeepers and vegetable vendors. Also Read - Ahead of Aarya 2, Sushmita Sen Says 'We Have Become Lockdown Specialists Now'

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The development comes as Maharashtra continued to record a high daily Covid toll with 266 deaths on Monday, including a sudden shooting up of fatalities in the state’s second capital Nagpur, even as the recovery rate improved further.

The state has recorded 8,968 new Covid cases, taking its tally to 450,196 and the death toll has risen to 15,842 – both highest in the country.

The recovery rate increased for the seventh consecutive day, rising from 62.74 per cent to 63.76 per cent on Monday, while the current mortality rate stood at 3.52 per cent.

Mumbai’s deaths, meanwhile, declined to the sub-50 range for the fourth time in a week and with 46 fatalities, the city toll increased to 6,493 and the number of corona cases went up by 970 to touch 117,406 now.

(With inputs from agencies)