On Friday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said Maharashtra will impose a night curfew from Sunday to tackle the biggest surge in cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. The order also stated that malls shall remain closed from 8 pm to 7 am.
Mr. Thackeray spoke of the application of stricter restrictions if the people did not abide by the COVID-19 safety protocols. He informed that the district chiefs shall decide when to order lockdowns, assuring that there will not be any sudden state-wide lockdown and the public will be given notice in advance.
He was reported saying he does not wish to impose lockdown, but there seems a possibility of healthcare facilities falling short given the rise in cases of coronavirus.
He asked health officials to ensure that adequate hospital beds and medicines are available, the statement said.
The chief minister reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra in a meeting with divisional commissioners, district collectors, superintendents of police, and deans of medical colleges.
On Friday, the state recorded 36,902 coronavirus infections, the highest one-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic. On the same day, 112 deaths were reported. Maharashtra has added over 1.3 lakh cases in five days and Mumbai surpassed its record of 5,504 cases from Thursday with 5,513 new infections and nine deaths.
On Friday, the state government also said people should simply celebrate Holi taking into account the rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and crowding should be avoided. Maharashtra night curfew
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