Updated: March 10, 2021 2:14:42 am
In the wake of rising cases of coronavirus infections, the Ahmednagar district administration has announced stringent methods to curb its spread, including deployment of police personnel at marriage halls throughout the day and on-the-spot action against organisers if more than 50 guests are found to attend the event.
The district, which borders Pune and Aurangabad — two districts which have seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks and have also announced curbs — is presently seeing over 350 new cases every day. Although it was being feared that the administration will impose movement restrictions or partial lockdown, District Collector Rajendra Bhosale, who participated in a conference of collectors with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday, said that no fresh curbs will be placed as of now but restrictions already in place will be strictly implemented.
Bhosale said, “It has been observed that marriages and other functions are being held in the district with large gatherings. Such congregations are of concern in light of the growing number of cases. Hence, it’s been decided that police will be deployed at marriage halls… and will ensure that only 50 guests attend the event. They will videograph the entire event and violation will lead to penalties.”
Bhosale said that by the end of the week, 44 marriage functions were scheduled to take place in the district. Local police have been asked to keep a close watch on all of them.
While the number of new cases had come down to 45 per day in February, it has been steadily increasing since then. Currently, there are over 1,600 Covid-19 patients in the hospital.
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