Maharashtra Lockdown News: Taking preventive measures against the coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra government on Thursday imposed strict lockdown on Sunday in Amravati and Yavatmal districts in the Vidarbha region from Saturday 8 PM to Monday 7 AM. “Owing to rising cases, lockdown declared in Amravati District from Saturday 8 PM to Monday 7 AM,” Shelesh Naval, District Collector, Amravati, said. Also Read - Maharashtra: Night Curfew, Weekend Lockdown in Aurangabad Till April 4; Ajanta, Ellora to be Shut on Saturdays And Sundays

Issuing an order, the state government said that schools and colleges will remain closed till February 28 in these two districts. Restaurants, function halls and marriage ceremonies will operate with only less than 50% of capacity. Also Read - Is Maharashtra Heading Towards Second Lockdown? Over 10,000 Corona Cases Reported in Single-Day

Moreover, the restaurants will be closed after 9.30 PM in these areas. And the function halls will be closed 10 PM. Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: Shiv Sena Extends Support to TMC, Says Won’t Fight in State

The state government has said that assembly of 5 people and above will not be allowed in these two districts. Heavy fine and penalties will be imposed on violators.

The development comes as Maharashtra reported 4,787 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest one-day count this year. The state’s COVID-19 tally has now risen to 20,76,093.

Among the districts, Amravati reported the highest rise in a day, from 82 on Tuesday to 230 on Wednesday. The state reported the 40 deaths due to COVID-19, taking the toll to 51,631.

Notably, this is the eighth straight day when the state has reported more than 3,000 cases in a day, indicating a steady rise in infections as compared to the previous few weeks.

On Tuesday, the state had registered 3,663 cases, and the fresh tally showed a rise of 1,124 infections during the last 24 hours. Mumbai city once again reported the highest cases in the state at 721.

Earlier in the day, the state government said that it may impose a stricter lockdown in Yavatmal, Amravati and Akola cities of the state’s Vidarbha region “at any moment” in view of the COVID-19 situation there.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his deputy Ajit Pawar discussed the issue on Thursday morning and the step is likely to be taken accordingly, according to the sources.

Talking to reporters here, Pawar said Thackeray has convened a meeting in the afternoon to discuss the situation and what decision is to be taken in connection with these cities.

Among the districts, Amravati reported the highest rise in a day, from 82 cases on Tuesday to 230 cases on Wednesday. The Akola Municipal Corporation, which reported 67 cases under its areas on Tuesday, recorded 105 cases on Wednesday.