Maha extends lockdown till July 31 as cases surge
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.
Traffic jam on Western Express Highway at Mira Road during unlock 1.0 in Mumbai on Monday.