Maha ex­tends lock­down till July 31 as cases surge

The Asian Age - - Front Page - BHAGWAN PARAB

The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment on Mon­day ex­tended the state-wide lock­down till July 31 and said that it has per­mit­ted lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to im­ple­ment mea­sures and curbs on non-es­sen­tial ac­tiv­i­ties and move­ment of peo­ple to con­tain the spread of Covid-19.

The an­nounce­ment comes a day af­ter chief min­is­ter Ud­dhav Thack­eray said that coro­n­avirus-in­duced re­stric­tions will not be lifted. The cur­rent phase of the lock­down, which started in March, was to end on June 30.

The state gov­ern­ment had be­gun the un­lock process un­der “Mis­sion Be­gin Again” by of­fer­ing sev­eral re­lax­ations from June 8. How­ever, as coro­n­avirus cases con­tinue to soar in the state, no ad­di­tional re­lax­ations have been of­fered in the sec­ond phase of the lock­down.

Ma­ha­rash­tra re­mains num­ber one in the caseload tally with close to 1.65 lakh cases out of which 5,493 were de­tected

in one day. In 24 hours on Mon­day, In­dia reg­is­tered 19,459 fresh cases and 156 deaths, tak­ing the over­all fig­ure to 5,48, 318. The to­tal num­ber of deaths in the coun­try till now are 16,475.

In Ma­ha­rash­tra, wearing a face mask re­mains com­pul­sory in pub­lic places, work­places and dur­ing travel. In Mum­bai, the civic au­thor­i­ties have de­cided to levy a fine of `1,000 for not wearing masks at these places.

State chief sec­re­tary Ajoy Mehta said that so­cial dis­tanc­ing and lim­ited

so­cial gath­er­ings norms will con­tinue in the state. Move­ment of peo­ple for non-es­sen­tial ac­tiv­i­ties like shop­ping and out­door ex­er­cises has been re­stricted within neigh­bour­hood area lim­its. Un­re­stricted move­ment will be per­mit­ted only for work and med­i­cal rea­sons. Em­pha­sis­ing on the “work from home” con­cept, the state gov­ern­ment has asked all gov­ern­ment of­fices with ex­cep­tions like emer­gency, health and med­i­cal to func­tion with 15 per cent strength.

— PTI

Traf­fic jam on Western Ex­press High­way at Mira Road dur­ing un­lock 1.0 in Mum­bai on Mon­day.

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