New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced that a lockdown will be imposed in the Beed district of the state from March 26 till April 4. The decision has been taken as the state is witnessing a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, with daily infections reaching an all-time high. 

This comes on the day when Maharashtra reported 28,699 new COVID-19 cases and 132 deathsThe daily death count was the highest since November 20 last year when 155 deaths had been reported. The caseload in the state rose to 25,33,026 and the death toll reached 53,589.

The decision was taken by Beed District Collector in order to curb the COVID-19 resurgence in the state and the district. During the lockdown, all schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain shut across the district. Similarly, all marriage halls, hotels and restaurants will also remain shut.

All private offices will remain closed during this period and their employees have been encouraged to work from home. However, all shops selling essential commodities like grocery, milk and medicines, will be exempted during this lockdown. 

According to the data by the State's Public Health Department on Tuesday evening, the Beed district presently has 2,991 active cases. To date, Beed district has recorded 23,198 cases with nearly 600 deaths.

Meanwhile, Mumbai city reported 3,514 new cases and eight deaths on Tuesday, taking its cumulative caseload to3,69,451 and death toll to 11,604. The Mumbai division which includes surrounding regions too reported 6,870 new cases. Out of 132 deaths, 74 occurred in the last 48 hours and 23 in the last week. Rest 35 deaths are from the period before the last week.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan