On a day Maharashtra recorded its greatest 24-hour spike of 23 coronavirus cases, remembering 17 for Mumbai, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray declared a total lockdown of the state till March 31 and cautioned that the pandemic “may go out of hand if not stopped now”.
Maharashtra Shut Down as Coronavirus Positive Cases Raises to 97 from 53
The number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases over the state bounced from 53 to 97 of every 72 hours.
Large gatherings of people at different places and the long queues of vehicles at cost nakas constrained the Maharashtra government to force stricter limitations from Monday, naming it a “curfew”.
The state also declared close between inter-district outskirts to stop the spread of the infection to areas that have not been influenced up until this point. The decision was taken after people in rural Maharashtra communicated worry about the transmission of the infection through people originating from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune. The government has just fixed between state borders.
In spite of the close complete shutdown since March 22, 12 PM, with even rural trains halted, individuals were seen wandering out of their homes for “non-essential” work in Mumbai on Monday.
The city saw usual morning top hour jams at Dahisar, Mulund and Airoli toll nakas, even as health officials said the city has announced 37 Covid-19 cases up until now.
The city has detailed two coronavirus deaths so far, however, a 68-year-elderly person from the Philippines who had tested positive for coronavirus yet later tested pessimistic died at a private clinic on Monday.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in an announcement, said whether the reason can be ascribed to Covid-19 would be discovered by a specialist board of trustees.
On Monday, a 15-year-old kid turned into the city’s second-most young Covid-19 patient. He was in close contact with a contaminated patient and is right now under treatment at the metro run Kasturba Hospital. An 18-year-old girl also tested positive.
While addressing the people of Maharashtra, Thackeray on Monday said, “Despite the lockdown announced, we saw many people on the roads and travelling on highways. Observing Janta Curfew for a day does not end our responsibility. In fact, it is a ‘siren call’ for the war we have to fight. We are at a turning point, and it is a dangerous turn. The next few days are very crucial. After imposing section 144 of the CrPC, we have now decided to impose ‘curfew’ across the state. Nobody will be allowed to venture out of their homes unless it is an emergency. No more than five people will be allowed on the roads.”
Afterward, Maharashtra chief secretary Ajoy Mehta gave a five-page notice expounding on limitations during the “lockdown”.
Despite the fact that the CM declared a check-in time over the express, the notice doesn’t use the word.
Alluding to powers given to specialists under The Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, The Disaster Management Act 2005 and the warnings gave by the general health office on March 13, 14, 15, all the gatherers, metropolitan officials, police magistrates, administrators of police and neighborhood specialists have been coordinated to make basic steps. The warning has likewise distinguished 25 regions (out of complete 36 regions) that have discovered no disease of the infection up until now, with mandates to specialists to seal their outskirts.
“Essential and emergency services are anyway operational, with auto and taxis allowed to ply, although it is not a curfew expected in its ‘literal’ meaning. People have not been allowed to come out of their homes except for the essential and emergency services. The term used by the CM is especially to reinforce the gravity of the situation in which people need to stay home mandatorily,” said a top official from Mantralaya.
State public health minister Rajesh Tope said, “Social distancing is crucial now. ‘I am my saviour’ is the mantra in this fight against coronavirus. I appeal to the public to follow government orders and not to crowd and cause jams as Section 144 has been imposed.”
“It is observed that there is usually a spike in cases after a month from the first case. There was a discussion about containing that in the meeting today and therefore, the decision to seal borders, including inter-district ones, was taken. The idea is to keep the spike as minimal as possible, so that the situation does not get out of hand,” the bureaucrat said.
The CM said, “Public and private buses will not be allowed to ply, while taxis and private cars will be allowed to carry only two people except the driver. The autos will be allowed to carry only one passenger. The people allowed to come out of their homes will have to maintain social distancing and self-discipline.”