Lockdown in Maharashtra: Strict restrictions may return to Mumbai and parts of state
New restrictions such as lockdown and other forms are likely to be imposed in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra amid the surge in COVID-19 cases
Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is reportedly planning to enforce restrictions such as partial or micro lockdown in Mumbai to restrict the further spread of the novel coronavirus. The fresh restrictions could include a limit on the number of guests at weddings, public gatherings, new attendance norms for offices (private and government), advisory for all religious places.
Notably, Maharashtra remains one of the worst-affected states India.
CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday, said, “Follow all the rules. Do not force us to impose a new lockdown. Consider this as the last warning. One must realise there is a difference between self-discipline and restrictions.”
Since the start of last month, several regions of Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune, have been recording a spike in COVID-19 cases, forcing the officials to re-impose night curfews and other restrictions. Now, according to the reports, the task force has requested the Maharashtra government to increase the number of vaccination centres or provide door-to-door services.
With 16,620 new cases on Sunday, Maharashtra recorded this year’s highest single-day surge. While India’s total Covid-19 active caseload has breached 2.10 lakh, Maharashtra’s overall tally on Sunday stood at 23,14,413.
MIRA BHAYANDAR UNDER LOCKDOWN
Mira Bhayandar which comes under Mumbai region has declared lockdown in five hotspots here till March 31. An order issued by the municipal corporation in Mira Bhayandar states, only emergency/essential services will be permitted in all five COVID hotspots, where the lockdown has been enforced. All shops will remain closed in the areas, the order further read. The order further says all shops, restaurants, hotels and bars will be permitted to operate from 9 am to 10 pm, with 50 per cent capacity. Meanwhile, shopping malls will be allowed to remain open till 11 pm.
LOCKDOWN IN NAGPUR
A week-long lockdown in Nagpur City starts from Monday. Earlier last week, the administration had decided to enforce a lockdown in Nagpur City Police Commissionerate from March 15. It will remain in place to March 21 to curtail the further spread of the infection.