India: Lockdown Extension in Maharashtra till 31st July

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India: Lockdown Extension in Maharashtra till 31st July

India: Lockdown Extension in Maharashtra till 31st July

MUMBAI: Maharashtra government on Monday said the lockdown in the state is being extended till July 31.
The current lockdown was to end on June 30. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had on Sunday ruled out lifting the lockdown from that date.

The decision came amid the unabated rise in number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state. The national capital is the second worst hit state in the country.

On Sunday, Maharashtra reported its biggest single-day spike of 5,493 Covid-19 cases, which took the tally of patients in the state to 1,64,626. The state death toll has gone up to 7429.

Issuing guidelines for what it called “Mission begin Again”, the Maharashtra government said that the movement of people for non-essential activities will be restricted within the neighbourhoods. According to the reports, essential services in these regions will be available from 9 AM to 5 PM. Besides, unnecessary travel will be prohibited for next 15 days.

An order issued by chief secretary Ajoy Mehta on Monday said wearing face covers or masks, maintaining social distancing, restricted gatherings, and other measures shall continue to prevail.

From July 1, all shops selling essential items, E-commerce services for both essential and non-essential items, all industrial units operational currently and home delivery of food will be allowed, as per the new guidelines. 

The state government has also advised that work from home should be followed as far as possible. Mehta’s order said private offices can operate with up to 10 per cent strength or 10 people whichever is more.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Sunday ruled out lifting lockdown curbs completely beyond June 30, but said more relaxations would be offered to the people eventually.

The Mumbai Police on Sunday said it would will seize all privately-owned vehicles that are found to have travelled beyond a 2-km radius from the houses of the owners for purposes other than going to office or availing medical services during emergencies.