BMC bans fruit, vegetable vendors in containment zones

BMC bans fruit, vegetable vendors in containment zones

Mumbai has become the hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic in Maharashtra, which is the worst-hit state in the country. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is taking all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the virus. In a similar move, the civic body recently decided that fruit and vegetable vendors will not be allowed in and around the 241 containment zones in Mumbai.

The civic officials said that the decision was made after it was found that the buyers from these zones crowded the shops and stalls for essentials, thus increasing the risk for spread of the contagion. The officials added that the social distancing rules were being flouted.

A containment zone is one which has a COVID-19 patient or is the residence for his/her high-risk contacts.

The BMC had earlier taken an attempt to pre-empt the spread of the virus by deploying vendors to provide essentials to residents within containment zones. But when the people began thronging the area, it defeated the purpose of the exercise.

A civic official admitted that the move will cause inconvenience to the people but the preventive measure has been necessitated by people's behaviour that mocks the need for social distancing. He also added that if high-risk contacts crowd like this, then it might become difficult for Mumbai to break the chain.

The danger is real in Maharashtra as it became the first state in the country to cross 1,000+ cases

Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday night informed that the number of cases for the coronavirus or COVID-19 has risen to 1,018. The state Health Ministry informed that 150 people were tested positive for the COVID-19 in one day (April 7). 

Urging people to stay at home, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that there is no other option but to stay home in order to beat the coronavirus.

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