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.
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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