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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: Curfew-like curbs come into effect, 2 lakh cops hit streets to enforce restrictions

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed till May 1, and no person will be allowed in a public place without a valid reason. 

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: April 22, 2021 9:15:28 am

With a curfew in place, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has clarified that some categories of essential workers will remain exempt from the restrictions that have been imposed since Wednesday night. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed till May 1, and no person will be allowed in a public place without a valid reason.

In a meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked district collectors to enforce the restrictions strictly and take stern action against those who violate the rules, while top bureaucrats and police officers counselled against “excessive” action.

A total of 2 lakh police personnel will be on the streets of Maharashtra to enforce the curfew. An additional force of 13,200 home guards and 22 companies of State Reserve Police Force, including three companies for Mumbai and two for Pune, will be deployed as per requirement.

All establishments, public spaces, activities and services will remain closed, except for essential services that will remain open between 7 am and 8 pm on working days. Shooting for films, serials and advertisements will remain closed, and only 25 people will be allowed at marriages. Public transport, including trains and bus services, and essential services like groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, confectioneries, all types of food outlets and public utilities, will be open.

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Maharashtra lockdown begins, to continue till May 1; Section 144 imposed across the state; public movement restricted except for essential services; Uddhav Thackeray announces Rs 5,476-crore relief package.

21:16 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Bollywood comes to a standstill

With new restrictions laid down by the Maharashtra government to curb the spread of coronavirus, film shoots that were underway in the state have come to a standstill. Take a look at the Bollywood films whose shooting has come to a sudden halt.

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21:12 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Mumbai: What all is exempted

In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has given certain exemption in the guidelines issued by the state government under Break The Chain.


-All online home deliveries of food and essential supplies (e-commerce) through all online service providers like zomato, swiggy etc, are allowed to 24-hours on all days of the week. 


-Movement of maids, drivers, cooks, househelp, nurse and medical attendees providing services to senior citizens and ailing people at home is allowed between 7 am to 10 pm on all days. 


-Eye clinics and optician shops will remain open between 7 am to 8 pm. 


-Liquor shops are allowed to do home delivery between 7 am to 8 pm. No counter sale or take away is allowed. (Inputs from Laxman Singh)

21:11 (IST)15 Apr 2021
What Day 1 of Covid-19 curfew across Maharashtra looked like

Thursday was the first full day of curfew-like restrictions across Maharashtra as part of its 'Break the Chain' Covid-19 action plan.

See more photos here

21:10 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Active cases in Maharashtra will double in 15 days: Uddhav Thackeray to PM Modi 

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra is expected to double in the next 15 days, according to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The state's active caseload will reach 11.9 lakh by April 30, from the current 5.64 lakh, Thackeray said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The letter sent on Wednesday also said the medical oxygen requirement in the state is projected to reach 2,000 metric tonnes per day by April-end from the present consumption of 1,200 MT per day.

Citing logistical hurdles in the transportation of liquid medical oxygen from neighbouring states, Thackeray also sought permission under the National Disaster Management Act to airlift oxygen from steel plants in eastern and southern parts of the country. (PTI)

14:34 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Maharashtra: Hawkers seek clarity on assistance offered by state govt amid Covid-19 curbs

After Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced financial assistance for hawkers amid Covid-19 restrictions in the state, hawkers unions said the assistance offered was too little and sought more clarity on the state government’s offer.

On Tuesday, Thackeray had said that with the new curbs being implemented to break the chain of transmission, the state will spend at least Rs 5,200 crore on providing financial assistance to the poor working class.

14:33 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Maharashtra: Entertainment bodies to write to CM to allow production work, support daily-wage workers

Many entertainment bodies and broadcasters met on Wednesday and decided to make an appeal to the state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to allow certain production-related activity by following Covid-19 safety protocols. Film and television shoots came to a halt from Wednesday evening, as curfew-like restrictions came into force in view of a surge in infections.

Actor J D Majethia, chairperson of Indian Films and Television Producers Council (IFTPC), said: “We stand by the government decision. However, we are writing to the CM for a few exemptions during the next two weeks.” Calling those working in the field of entertainment “frontline workers”, he said the industry should be treated as “essential services”. “People look forward to entertainment and fresh content while being confined to their homes during such a trying time,” he added.

12:58 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Mumbai to use hotels, banquet halls for covid treatment

The hotels, designated as “step down facilities” where minimum medical intervention is required for Covid patients, will act as extensions of major private hospitals, according to the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). The hotels will need a minimum of 20 rooms for Covid cases and will have round-the-clock medical services including doctor consultations, nurses, medicines and ambulance transfer. The hospitals can charge up to ₹ 4,000 for these facilities and ₹ 6,000 for a room if anyone is staying with the patient.

12:31 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Maharashtra: 5,566 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 33 more deaths

With the addition of  5,566 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 3,95,690, an official said on Thursday. Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, the virus also claimed the lives of  33 more people, raising the death toll in the district to 6,794, he said.

The COVID-19 mortality rate in the district is 1.71 per cent, he said. So far, 3,30,876 patients have recuperated from the infection in the district, which reflects a recovery rate of 83.62 per cent. There are 58,020 active COVID-19 cases in Thane district at present, the official said. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count stood at 61,815 and the death toll at 1,278, another official said

11:45 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Mumbai hospitals to use 5-star hotels to treat mild covid patients

Mumbai hospitals will use luxury hotels to treat COVID-19 patients with milder infection, the city's administration said today as it tried to ramp up facilities for patients needing critical care with cases shooting up. Two hotels will start functioning as extensions of private hospitals from today.

11:10 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Mumbai curfew: BMC allows 24-hours food delivery, movement of house helps

In guidelines issued late Wednesday, BMC has allowed 24-hours online delivery of foods and essential supplies, and movement of domestic staff such as house helps, drivers, and medical attendants from 7 am to 8 pm. Those who have to write exams will be allowed to step out, and eye clinics and opticians will also remain open from 7 am to 8 pm.

Under the guidelines, an extension of those issued on April 7 when a few restrictions were initially imposed, liquor shops can do home deliveries between 7 am to 8 pm.

01:37 (IST)15 Apr 2021
No e-pass required for vehicle movement during Maharashtra curbs: DGP

Maharashtra's in-charge DGP Sanjay Pandey on Wednesday said that no e-pass is required to be obtained for the movement of vehicles during the coronavirus-induced restrictions imposed in the state.
    
He said that only those vehicles that are involved in emergency services and those private vehicles that come out with a valid reason are allowed to operate during the restrictions.
    
Asking the people to cooperate with the government machinery in the fight against COVID-19 by not stepping out of their houses during the curbs, he said the police personnel should not penalise or lathi charge if any person comes out on the street with a valid reason of essential or emergency work. (PTI)

01:11 (IST)15 Apr 2021
7,888 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, 94 patients die

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 7,888 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which took its overall tally to 6,76,014, a health official said.
    
The death toll due to the pandemic reached 10,989 with 94 succumbing to the infection, he said.
    
"Of the 7,888 new cases, 4,206 were from areas within the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, where the case count has grown to 3,44,029," he said. (PTI)

00:29 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Mumbai wears deserted look as 'curfew' comes into effect

Several parts of Maharashtra wear a deserted look as curfew-like restrictions have come into effect across the state from 8 pm today amid a spike in Coronavirus cases.

20:44 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Visuals from Marine Drive and Goregaon after the curbs were imposed

Visuals from Marine Drive and Goregaon after the restrictions came into effect.

20:40 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Maharashtra reports 58,952 new cases, 278 deaths

Maharashtra reports 58,952 fresh Covid-19 cases and 278 deaths. The state has recorded 35,78,160 cases till date and there are 6,12,070 active cases now.

20:37 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Migrants workers were seen leaving Mumbai hours before the restrictions came into effect

Hours before the statewide restrictions came into effect, hundreds of migrant workers gathered at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai to return home. (Express photos by Pradip Das)

20:24 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Curfew-like restrictions come into effect across Maharashtra

From 8 pm tonight, curfew-like restrictions have come into effect across Maharashtra in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed till May 1, and no person will be allowed in a public place without a valid reason. 

20:11 (IST)14 Apr 2021
2 lakh cops to hit the streets to enforce restrictions across Maharashtra: DGP

Addressing a press conference at 6.30 pm Wednesday at the state police headquarters in Colaba, DGP Sanjay Pandey said, "I have asked all police unit heads to show maximum restraint while imposing the curbs. Like last year, this year we are not issuing any passes for public movement or inter-state travel. Also, people will be allowed to move out for essential reasons. We appeal to the people of Maharashtra to respect the lockdown rules and we will ensure that maximum restraint is shown by the force while implementing the lockdown." 

A total of 2 lakh police personnel from Maharashtra Police will be on the streets of Maharashtra to enforce the lockdown. An additional force of 13,200 home guards and 22 companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) including 3 companies for Mumbai and 2 for Pune will be deployed as per requirement. 

Unlike last year's lockdown, police personnel above the age of 50 will be on duty except those who have comorbidities. "The ones who are above the age of 50 years and have comorbidities have been advised to stay home," said Sanjay Pandey, DGP Maharashtra.

The police will team up with local municipal authorities to collect fines for Covid-19 violations like not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing.

Since the pandemic began last year a total of 36,728 police personnel got infected by the virus. As many as 373 of them died due to the virus. Presently, 3,160 personnel are infected by the virus while the remaining 33,000 odd personnel have recovered and reported back to duty. (ENS)

19:43 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Maharashtra to study CBSE's decision to cancel Class 10 exam: Varsha Gaikwad

The Maharashtra government would study and discuss the CBSE's move of cancelling its Class 10 exam before taking any such decision for the state education board exams, minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Wednesday. The state School Education Minister made the statement in a televised message.

Talking about the decision, Gaikwad said, "We have already requested and informed other educational boards in the state about our decision of postponement of Classes 10 and 12 exams of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. We will study and discuss the Centre's (CBSE's) decision with the experts in the field." (PTI)

19:31 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Mumbai reports 9,925 fresh Covid cases, 54 deaths

Mumbai reports 9,925 fresh Covid cases, 54 deaths and 9,273 recoveries.

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The Maharashtra government has announced curfew-like restrictions in the state from 8 pm on April 14 to May 1. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a 38-minute address to the state, announced a Rs 5,476-crore relief package for those who will be affected across sectors and certain categories.

Over 60,000 Covid-19 cases and 281 deaths were detected across the state on Tuesday. Mumbai reported 7,873 cases, while Pune registered 10,122. Maharashtra is contributing nearly a third of India's daily cases.

What’s allowed during Maharashtra curfew

* Services and activities falling in ‘essential category’ are exempted.

* E-commerce (only for the supply of essential goods and services).

* Public transport: Airplanes, trains, taxis (50% vehicle capacity), auto rickshaw (driver+2 passengers), public buses (full seating capacity/no standing passenger allowed)

* Petrol pumps, services designated by RBI as essential, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue.

* Veterinary services, animal care shelters, pet food shops

* Groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries

* Cold storage and warehouse services

* Diplomatic offices

* All public services by local authorities

* Marriages to be allowed with only 25 persons in presence. In case of funerals, only 20 persons are allowed.

* All construction activities are allowed at those sites where labourers are living on site. Movement to and fro from outside must be avoided, except for the purpose of material movement.

What’s not allowed during Maharashtra curfew

* Cinema halls, theatres, swimming pools, gyms and sports complexes to remain closed.

* All restaurants and bars to remain closed for in-dining. Only home delivery services shall be allowed and there shall be no visiting any restaurant or bar for ordering purposes or pickup.

* Shooting for film/serials/advertisements to be closed.

* Public places like beaches, gardens, open spaces, etc. shall remain closed.

* Religious places of worship to remain closes.

* All political activity to be stopped in state.

* Barber shops, spas, salons and beauty parlours to remain closed.

* All schools and colleges to remain closed.

* Students who have to attend any exam will be allowed to travel along with one adult, on basis of a valid hall ticket.

* All private coaching classes to remain closed.

* Any industrial process that is a net consumer of oxygen as a raw material is to be disallowed. Those processes, which come under essential activities or circumstances, could be exempted after written permission from Development Commissioner.

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