New Covid curbs as cases cross 5,000 in Maharashtra. Read details.
In a recent development, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope also tested positive for coronavirus.
Amid a worrying surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the civic authorities have introduced fresh safety measures in anticipation of "another wave".
Specifically, two districts of Maharashtra, Amravati and Yavatmal, saw restrictions. While a 10-day lockdown was announced in Yavatmal, Amravati has been placed under lockdown over the weekend.
Moreover, the Mumbai civic body said 300 marshals will be appointed to take action against passengers travelling without a mask in suburban railways. Additionally, orders have been issued to raid marriage halls, clubs, restaurants etc. to check if people are following all necessary protocols. Buildings with more than 5 COVID-19 patients will be sealed and patients who test positive and are advised home quarantine will have their hands stamped.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope confirmed on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus infection. The Minister of Public Health said on social media, "I have tested positive for COVID-19."
"My health condition is fine. I appeal to those who have come into contact with me recently to get tested at the earliest," he added.
Maharashtra water resources minister and state NCP chief Jayant Patil had also said that he had tested positive for coronavirus.