Amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, 229 school students and three staff members have been found Covid positive at a hostel in the Washim district of the state.

The school premises have reportedly been declared a containment zone.

A total of 327 students who reside 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.

Washim has been in the news over a large gathering near a temple on Tuesday in violation of Covid-19 protocols. Thousands of supporters of Shiv Sena minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name has been linked by the opposition to the death of a woman, gathered near the temple as he visited 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-appropriate behaviour and safety guidelines, CM Thackeray had said he would observe the situation for a week to 15 days and then decide whether to impose another lockdown.

No end for Maharashtra’s woes

Maharashtra has witnessed a significant 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 tally has touched 21,21,119. The state had reported 8,142 cases on 21 October last year, after which the numbers had declined.

The state reported 80 deaths, the highest in two months since 24 December, when 89 deaths were reported. The state’s fatality count rose to 51,937, the government said.

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

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