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229 test Covid positive at hostel in Maharashtra's Washim; area declared containment zone

India Today logo India Today 25-02-2021 Pankaj P. Khelkar
a group of people wearing costumes: Maharashtra saw a spike of over 8,807 new coronavirus cases in a day, the state health bulletin said on Wednesday. (Image for representation: PTI) Maharashtra saw a spike of over 8,807 new coronavirus cases in a day, the state health bulletin said on Wednesday. (Image for representation: PTI)

Amid a sudden spike in the novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 229 people were found positive for the infection at a hostel in Washim district of the state.

There are 327 students at the hostel, out of which 39 were found positive earlier. 190 more tested positive on Wednesday -- adding up to a total of 229 people who have contracted the virus.

Among 190, four are staff members and most of the infected students are from Amravati and Yavatmal -- the two districts in Maharashtra worst-hit by the Covid-19.

Deo Gaon village in Risod city of Washim district, where the school is located, has been declared a containment zone.

Also, all government transport vehicles in Washim have been restricted to enter the adjoining Parbhani district.

Maharashtra saw a spike of over 8,807 new coronavirus cases in a day, the state health bulletin said on Wednesday.

As the coronavirus situation worsened in Maharashtra in recent weeks, the state government imposed fresh curbs and ruled in the districts that have contributed to the spike in cases.

Concerned by the growing number of coronavirus cases, the administration in eastern Maharashtra's Yavatmal district ordered a ten-day lockdown. The administration in Yavatmal district ordered curbs on gatherings and also the closure of schools (which had reopened for select classes) for ten days.

In a stern warning, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said there will be a total lockdown in the state if people don't start wearing face masks.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government instructed all district collectors and municipal commissioners to increase testing, a senior minister said after a cabinet meeting.

"An instruction was given to increase the number of tests," he told reporters. On average, over 60,000 coronavirus tests are being conducted in the state over the last two weeks. Officials were also asked to carry out contact tracing of coronavirus patients more vigorously, Malik further was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

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