Maharashtra will enforce a night curfew beginning Sunday, according to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray‘s office, as the state grapples with the pandemic’s largest increase in coronavirus infections since the epidemic began. According to the order, shopping centres will be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
If people do not obey COVID-19 safety guidelines, Mr Thackeray informed of tighter restrictions. He noted that district chiefs will assess when lockdowns are appropriate, but that there will be no immediate state-wide lockdown and that the public will be informed in advance.
“I do not wish to impose lockdown. But there seems a possibility of healthcare facilities falling short given the rise in the number of coronavirus patients,” Mr Thackeray was quoted as saying in a statement released by his office.
According to the statement, he requested that sufficient hospital beds and medications be made available.
What Is Happening In Maharashtra?
On Friday, Maharashtra reported 36,902 coronavirus infections and 112 deaths, the largest one-day increase since the pandemic started. In just five days, the state has added over 1.3 lakh new cases. Mumbai also broke its previous high of 5,504 cases with 5,513 new cases and nine deaths.
Following a near-full reopening of the economy and disregard for protective measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing, cases have risen in many states since late February, according to health experts.
More than half of the new outbreaks were registered in Maharashtra, which is home to Mumbai, India’s financial capital, where millions of people have went back to work in offices and factories.
Following a cabinet meeting, the local government placed a ten-day absolute lockdown in the worst-affected towns of Nanded and Beed.
“It was suggested to allow local administration to enforce regional lockdowns instead of enforcing lockdown across the state,” said a senior government official who did not want to be identified.
In Maharashtra, a new virus type known as a “double mutant” has been identified, raising more concerns about the outbreak.
India has the third-highest total caseload, behind the United States and Brazil, with 1.18 crore cases. Data showed that the nation reported 251 new deaths, raising the total number of deaths to 1,60,692.
In the run-up to the Holi festival this weekend, businesses have been encouraging governments to relax restrictions. According to state police, restrictions in Nagpur, Maharashtra, have been lifted, and huge crowds were seen in shopping areas.
“It is a Catch-22 wherein closure of shops led to a lot of inconvenience for traders and people but on the other side is COVID, which is spreading,” police commissioner Amitesh Kumar told Reuters.