Maharashtra Govt To Announce Lockdown-Like Restrictions For Mumbai, Parts of State Tomorrow
In a bid to curb the increase of Covid-19 cases, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is expected to announce lockdown-like restrictions for Mumbai and some parts of the state on Tuesday. According to reports, the government has already imposed curbs and partial lockdown in several districts of the state and CM Thackeray is likely to announce new norms for micro lockdown and declaration of containment zones after holding consultations with key members of the state’s Covid-19 Task Force, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, and Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte tomorrow.
On Saturday, addressing a virtual meeting attended by representatives of hotel and restaurant associations, Thackeray had directed them to ensure strict adherence to coronavirus protocols in their premises and not force the state to enforce drastic measures like lockdown.
The new restrictions could include a cap on the number of guests at weddings, public gatherings, new attendance norms for offices (private and government), advisory for all religious places.
According to the reports, the task force has urged the Maharashtra government to increase the number of vaccination centres or provide door-to-door services, especially in residential colonies.
Maharashtra records a single-day spike of over 16,000 cases
With 16,620 fresh cases, Maharashtra recorded this year’s highest single-day spike. While India’s total Covid-19 active caseload has reached 2.10 lakh, Maharashtra’s overall tally stands at 23,14,413. The Union Health Ministry said that Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab account for 76.93 per cent of India’s total active cases.
Lockdown in Nagpur From March 15-21
A week-long lockdown in Nagpur City begins today. Earlier last week, the administration had decided to impose a lockdown in Nagpur City Police Commissionerate area from March 15 to 21 to stem the rising covid cases. During the period, essential services will continue to function. However, all private offices will remain shut. Government offices have been allowed to work at 25 per cent capacity.
With inputs from agencies