WITH the number of coronavirus cases and number of deaths due to the infection growing alarmingly in Akola, the district administration has sent a proposal to state Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, seeking permission to implement a complete lockdown in the district from June 1 to June 6.
Akola saw a spike of 72 cases on Wednesday, the highest one-day spike in Vidarbha, taking the total number of cases in the district to over 500. The district has reported 28 deaths, with two more Covid-19 deaths reported on Wednesday.
“Collector Jitendra Papalkar has sent a proposal to Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta for allowing stricter lockdown in the district from June 1 to June 6,” Amravati Divisional Commissioner Piyush Singh told The Indian Express.
“There was a meeting of all party leaders chaired by District Guardian Minister Bachchu Kadu. The overwhelming opinion was that Akola needs stricter lockdown. Hence, a proposal was sent to the chief secretary, seeking a Janata Curfew from June 1 to 6, during which only agriculture input shops and milk outlets will remain open,” said Papalkar.
Vidarbha’s overall death toll is now 58, with the total number of Covid-19 cases inching close to 1,600
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