We have to take immediate steps to stop the emerging second peak. Or else we will face trouble.Narendra Modi
The Covid-19 is worsening day by day as Maharashtra today broke another record with 23,179 new cases, while Mumbai saw 2,377 fresh cases in 24 hours. This comes even as the state is increasing vaccination with a record 2,64,897 people receiving coronavirus jabs on Tuesday. This was the highest number of people vaccinated in a day in the state since the inoculation drive began in January, an official said.
Districts like Nashik, Thane, and Jalgaon and Nagpur city have imposed fresh restrictions, in light of the surge in cases.
What are the restrictions? What relaxations remain? Here's all you need to know.
Will there be an immediate lockdown in Mumbai?
The Maharashtra government has said that it will hold a review meeting in the next couple of days to decide on the next steps to be taken. However, civic officials, speaking to multiple media outlets have stressed that there will not be a complete lockdown.
What restrictions may be imposed in Mumbai?
"Local authorities have been empowered to take decision on lockdown as and when necessary. If numbers continue to rise the same way then there is a possibility of night clubs being closed down first in the city. We cannot deny the possibility of a night curfew or partial lockdown if this continues. We are fining people for not wearing masks. We may have to shut places like beaches and Gateway where people gather in the evenings. People need to take precautions,” Mumbai’s guardian minister Aslam Shaik told News18.
What are the restrictions in Nagpur?
A lockdown has been declared in Nagpur from 15 to 21 March, during which time government offices will run with 25 percent capacity and private offices will be shut. Moreover, only essential services will be allowed.
The vaccination drive will also operate under strict guidelines and quarantine centres will be reopened in the MLA hostel.
What about offices? Will they be shut as well?
There is no clarity about this. However, the Maharashtra government has encouraged offices to ensure staggered timings for staff.
What are the restrictions in Nashik and Thane?
The Nashik district administration imposed several restrictions starting 9 March, until further orders.
All shops and establishments, except those engaged in essential services, will be closed from 7 pm to 7 am.
No wedding will be allowed in the district from 15 March.
However, those events where permission was obtained earlier will be allowed.
A lockdown between 13 to 31 March was also declared on Monday in 11 hotspots in Thane city by the civic administration, officials said. SOPs for this is expected to be released shortly.
What are the rules imposed in Jalgaon?
Authorities in Jalgaon ordered to impose 'Janata Curfew' from 11 March, 8 pm to 15 March, 8 am.
Emergency services, MPSC and other departments' exams in the Municipal Corporation limits in Jalgaon will be exempted from the curfew, said Abhijit Raut, Jalgaon (Maharashtra) District Collector.
Raut also added that enforcement of this order "will be the responsibility of Municipal Corporation and Local Police."
Violators will be liable for action under Epidemic Act and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he added.
Is inter-district or inter-state travel banned in Maharashtra?
Not as of now. Both inter-district and inter-state travel is allowed.
I live in Maharashtra. What precautions should I take?
Wear masks every time you step out of your home
Maintain physical distancing
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and then sanitize with alcohol-based sanitizer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged all chief ministers of the country's states to take quick and decisive steps to stop the second peak of COVID as the number of nationwide infections reached 11.44 million.
He said: "If we do not stop the pandemic right now, then there will be a nationwide break. We have to take immediate steps to stop the emerging second peak. Or else we will face trouble."(Credit: News18, The Quint, PTI)