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Amid a sudden outbreak in Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra 229 cases have emerged from a single hostel in a school in the Washim district of the state. The school premises have reportedly been affirmed as a containment zone.

Those who tested positive are 225 students and four teachers, according to reports.

A total of 327 pupils who dwell in this hostel are mostly from Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Washim, Buldhana, and Akola. Among these, a few districts have contributed to a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

Risod tehsildar Ajit Shelar told news agency PTI that the students had assembled in the Washim hostel on 14 February.

Around 21 students tested Covid-19 positive in the first few days following which RT-PCR tests of all the 327 students were performed.

Washim has been in the news over a large meeting near a temple on Tuesday in violation of Covid-19 protocols. Thousands of supporters of Shiv Sena minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name has been associated by the opposition to the death of a woman, gathered near the temple as he toured the shrine.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said the second wave of coronavirus could be a matter of concern for all and this prompted him to disallow religious, political, and social events in the state.

Asking people to follow Covid-19 behavior and safety guidelines, CM Thackeray had said he would examine the situation for a week to 15 days and then determine whether to impose another lockdown.

Maharashtra has noticed a crucial rise in Covid-19 cases, with over 8,000 fresh infections coming to light in a single day after a gap of more than four months, the health department said.

With 8,807 new cases on Wednesday, Maharashtra’s total infection record has touched 21,21,119.

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Since 10 February, the graph of new Covid-19 cases began to climb again. The state had tallied 6,112 infections on 19 February, 6,281 on 20 February, and 6,971 on 21 February.

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