10 Jul 2020, 06:57 pm By Arpita Pandey
Lockdown reinforced in many states including Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh

The Government of several states throughout India is now retracing its steps back towards lockdown as the Corona pandemic spreads further. 

A 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, neighboring Pimpri-Chinchwad, and a few other parts of the district from July 13. The district reported a record rise of 1,803 Covid-19 cases on Thursday as the death toll rose to a whopping 978. A strict lockdown that is in force in Thane city till July 12 has also been extended till July 19.

 “From 13-23 July there'll be lockdown in the city. It'll be in two phases - first between 13 to 18 July when only medical shops, dairies & hospitals will be allowed to remain open. Newspapers also allowed” Shekhar Gaikwad, Commissioner, Pune Municipal Commission, was quoted saying by ANI.

22 villages have been identified in rural parts of the Pune district where this lockdown will be implemented. Apart from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad area, containment zones these villages will be added: Naval Kishore Ram, Pune district collector.

The Uttar Pradesh Government too announced an extension to the lockdown as the situation worsened. The lockdown will now prevail till 5:00 am on 13th July. As per the advisory issued by the UP government, all offices, markets and commercial establishments will remain closed during the lockdown period from Friday night till Monday morning. However, essential services will be allowed. Trains will continue to operate, as stated in the advisory.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, took a similar decision on Wednesday when she announced that a complete shutdown will be imposed in containment zones across the state for the next seven days, with a possible extension as and if the situation demands.

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