April 22, 2021 | 11:04 PM IST

India’s single-day spike of 32k fresh cases is alarming; Lockdown returns in districts

For the first time since the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, India reported an alarmingly high number of fresh cases (32,695) on Thursday. With this, the total tally of confirmed cases has risen to 9,68,876.

According to the predictions made by the Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc), India could have over 10 lakh active cases and a total of about 35 lakh confirmed cases by September.

Seeing the constant surge, speculations are rife whether the country may again undergo a complete lockdown to arrest the pandemic. However, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has refrained from commenting on it and left the decision of re-lock to the state and district administration.

On Thursday, the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar ordered a near-complete lockdown in all districts from July 16 to July 31. All malls, places of worship, public transport will remain closed during this time.

Similarly, the Meghalaya government has decided to seal all entry points to the state from July 24 to 31 and has cancelled all wedding receptions and gathering in East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi districts and allowed only important rituals to be performed.

In Goa, too, Janta curfew will remain effective from 8 pm to 6 am from Monday to Thursday, while there will be total lockdown on the remaining days of the week till August 10.

The Karnataka government has announced lockdown for Dakshina Kannada and Yadgir districts from July 15 to July 23 with relaxations for a few hours. Bengaluru is also under complete lockdown for a week since July 14.

In Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Mumbai Commissioner (BMC) Iqbal Singh Chahal has said that the Coronavirus peak has subsided in Mumbai, there is no need for another lockdown. However, in Pune, which is already under lockdown since July 13, only essential services such as medical stores, dairy, and so on will remain functional till July 23.

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