Mumbai: ‘Third wave of coronavirus has arrived in Nagpur, thus fresh restrictions will be reimposed in the city soon’, said State Energy Minister Nitin Raut after holding a review meeting with senior administrative officers from various state departments. Speaking to reporters, Raut said that the third wave, which was predicted to hit the country anytime in September-October, has reached here (Nagpur) as the city has logged COVID cases in double digits.Also Read - ‘No Choice’: China Firm on Imposing Travel Curbs as Indian Students Protest Outside Chinese Embassy

Notably, the COVID-19 tally in Nagpur increased by 12 during the day to reach 4,93,072, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,119, leaving the district with an active caseload of 56. Raut, speaking to reporters after the meeting at the divisional commissionerate said the daily addition was in single digits till a couple of days ago, but on Monday it was 12. He said 78 samples have been sent for genome sequencing. Also Read - Home Ministry Writes To States, UTs On Covid Appropriate Behaviour Ahead of Festival Season | Details Here

On being asked what kind of curbs can be imposed in the city, Raut asserted enhanced restrictions could include restaurants being allowed to remain open till 8 pm instead of 10 pm, shops and other establishments till 4 pm and a complete shutdown on weekends, with only essential services being allowed to operate. Also Read - International Flight Latest Update: Centre Extends Ban Till October 31 | Check Details Here

Earlier, in the wake of the rising number of Delta plus variant cases in Maharashtra, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had ordered mandatory institutional quarantine or hospitalisation for every patient testing positive for the deadly COVID-19 in the city.

Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B had issued an order regarding this directing all zone commissioners to put COVID patients under institutional quarantine or ensure their hospitalization, an NMC release said.