Action will be taken against those spreading lockdown rumours: Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai: The cyber wing of the police is keeping a watch to nab those spreading rumours that a coronavirus-induced lockdown has been imposed in Maharashtra again, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Monday.

“The @MahaCyber1 Branch is keeping a close eye on those who are spreading false rumours that lockdown has been reimposed in Maharashtra. Stringent action has been directed against the people concerned for attempting to disseminate false information without any official information,” Deshmukh tweeted.

Maharashtra reported 5,210 fresh COVID-19 infections on Monday, after logging over 6,000 cases for three days in a row, even as the Mumbai region, which has seen a bulk of states fatalities, did not report even a single death during the day, the health department said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday informed that the coming eight days will decide whether there will be a lockdown in the state. District collectors can also impose stricter norms for lockdown, as has been done in Amravati and Achalpur where a fresh lockdown comes into force from this evening.

Meanwhile, a week-long complete lockdown has been announced in the Amaravati district in wake of the spike in cases.

With senior NCP leader and Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday, almost 60 per cent of ministers in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government have contracted the virus so far.

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