Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Sending panic among devotees, 32 of 86 employees, including priests, of the popular Yadadri temple in Telangana were found positive for coronavirus in tests carried out by authorities. The temple, located just 60km away from Hyderabad, attracts 25,000 to 30,000 devotees on weekdays and over 40,000 devotees on weekends. After the KCR government took up renovation of the temple at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore, it has been attracting large number of devotees. The temple authorities have now cancelled the special rituals. Meanwhile, Telangana government has made mask-wearing mandatory in public places till April 30 and directed all District Collectors, Superintendents of Police and other officials to strictly implement the orders. The government also prohibited all gatherings on festivals such as Holi, Ugadi, Srirama Navama Shab-e-Baraat, Mahavir Jayanthi and Good Friday.
In view of the rising graph of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, a night curfew has been announced in the state from Saturday night. Under the curfew, which will be imposed between 8 pm to 7 am, all restaurants, gardens and malls will remain shut and people will not be allowed to visit beaches. The Maharashtra government has also extended the COVID-19 curbs, imposed as part of its Mission Begin Again initiative, till April 15. Maharashtra on Saturday reported 166 COVID-19 deaths in 24 Hours, highest since last October, alongwith 35,726 new infections.
Struggling to arrest the fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, the Maharashtra government further announced a ban on holding of all types of gatherings, including political and religious, a day before new curbs on assembly of more than five persons in night will come into force. Drama theatres were also shut down starting Saturday night. However, the government exempted delivery of food in night hours in its new set of guidelines.
"Gatherings of more than five people will not be allowed from 8 pm to 7 am effective from midnight on 27th March. Violation will attract penalty of Rs 1,000 per person on offenders. "All public places including gardens and beaches will remain closed during the same period and violators will be fined with Rs 1,000 per person. Not wearing of face mask will attract Rs 500 fine while the same is Rs 1,000 for public spitting," as per the order.
It said that holding of social, cultural, political and religious gatherings in the state is being banned completely. Auditoriums or drama theatres should not allow their property to be used for such events, it said.