Maharashtra extends existing lockdown restrictions till November 30

Maharashtra extends existing lockdown restrictions till November 30

Maharashtra extends existing lockdown restrictions till November 30

The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the ongoing lockdown by another month as cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continue to rise in the state. It will now remain in effect till November 30, officials said.

While nationwide tally is witnessing a drop in daily cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state by the Covid-19 in the country with 130,286 active cases. As of Thursday, the state has reported total of 16,66,668 coronavirus cases and 43,710 deaths.

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“…to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of virus, the Government in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, read with all other enabling provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is expedient to extend the lockdown in the entire state of Maharashtra till midnight of November 30, 2020,” said the order issued by chief secretary Sanjay Kumar.

Earlier this month, the state permitted hotels, food courts, restaurants and bars to restart operations at a capacity not exceeding 50%. However, schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions are closed.

Since June 15, the state and the railway authorities have resumed limited number of special suburban trains for people employed in emergency services.

Currently, the railway authorities are operating 1,410 special services on the Mumbai suburban network, including 10 ladies special trains. The state government on Tuesday wrote to Western Railway and Central Railway seeking suggestions on resuming local train services for the general public. In the letter, the government proposed the opening in a staggered manner in view of the pandemic.

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