In the wake of the rising number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government on Monday announced that the ongoing lockdown in the state will be extended till July 31. The government also stated that restrictions on the non-essential activities and movement of people will be re-imposed in COVID-19 hotspots.
Maharashtra has been the state with the maximum cases of coronavirus outbreak in the country having recorded nearly 1.65 lakh confirmed cases and over 7,400 deaths so far. According to the Maharashtra Health Department, as many as 5,493 fresh cases and 23 news deaths were reported in the state on Sunday alone. The alarming daily increase in COVID cases is the worrying situation for the state government, which has resulted in the decision of the extension of the lockdown for one more month.
It has also applied Mumbai police’s diktat on allowing only neighborhood movement to all municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Municipalities have been empowered to decide on the easing of curbs outside the containment zones.
“Concerned District Collectors and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of persons to control the pandemic,” stated the government after extending lockdown.
The unrestricted movement will only be allowed for attending offices and emergencies. All essential shops, e-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items, all industrial units which are presently operational and home delivery of food will be allowed.