Lockdown in Maharashtra Announced: Night Curfew, Weekend lockdown, Malls Shut
The Cabinet Meeting was held on Sunday to review the Covid-19 situation in the state by Uddhava Thackeray, Chief Minister. Coronavirus disease has severely affected Maharashtra.
On Sunday, the government of Maharashtra declared stronger curbs and weekend lockdowns due to a massive rise in the number of cases of coronavirus (Covid 19). The decision was taken by CM Uddhav Thackeray during a cabinet meeting.
State Minister Nawab Malik announced the tight curbs and said that the lockdown would begin on weekends, starting Fridays from 8 pm and ending Mondays until 7 am.
The government has also requested 50% of its capacity for public transport. In the strict curbs, which were declared on Sundays, theatres, multiplexes, malls and religious sites will also remain closed.
Malik said the opening of industrial units and markets is not constrained.
“It will only enable critical services. Only for pick up and parcel services are restaurants allowed. Staff would have to work from home for offices. A comprehensive SOP will soon come out,” said minister Aslam Shaikh.
From Monday onwards, the new steps will be in effect by April 30th, according to the Government.
In the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, the number of Covid-19 cases has risen at an alarming pace. Saturday, according to the State Health Agency’s newsletter, the State reported 49,447 new Covid-19 cases and 277 deaths over 24 hours.
The active number of cases of Covid in the state is 4,01,172. Covid’s death toll in Maharashtra has risen to 55,656.
The increased number of cases involving Covid-19 in Maharashtra also affected the Centre, which the Ministry of Health of the Union has said is one of the countries that contribute most, over 80% of them, to the daily record.
The number of daily Covid-19 cases has also increased in India. 93,249 new cases on Sunday morning – the highest since last September.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on the situation in Covid-19 in which he stressed the need to observe Covid’s actions in such ways as masks and social distance.