Lockdown in Maharashtra extended until July 31

As per reports, some areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will be observing a complete lockdown. These wards, in and around Mumbai, have witnessed more than 200 per cent increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

Lockdown in Maharashtra extended until July 31

The fifth phase of lockdown in Maharashtra is scheduled to end on June 30, 2020, and while addressing the state recently, Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray informed that the officials will permit relaxations where some more services and business will be able to resume duties, as a part of unlocked 2.0 initiative.

However, On Monday, June 29, 2020, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown and Maharashtra until July 31, 2020. As per reports, the decision was taken as the state is witnessing an exponential increase in the number of cases. 

Further, the government has also said that under the 'Mission Begin Again' initiative, certain non-essential activities will have to be restricted within the neighbourhoods, across all areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Further, only those attending offices and emergencies will be allowed, and action will be taken by the police if 'unrestricted movement' is noted.

All essential shops e-commerce activities will continue as normal. Other activities which include plumbing, electrical work, delivery of newspapers, garages, home delivery of food will also be allowed in the MMR region.

Private offices will be able to work with a 10 per cent capacity or with 10 people. Meanwhile, some government offices can work at 15 per cent of staff capacity.

A statement regarding the same was released by the ministry on Monday, which stated that the movement of persons for purposes of non-essential activities like shopping and outdoor exercise, shall be restricted within the areas and it is mandatory for everyone to wear masks, maintain social distancing and personal hygiene 

Some areas in and around Mumbai are under a complete lockdown for 15 days, and the details have been released by the respective municipal corporations. As of June 29, Navi Mumbai is observing a strict lockdown until July 5, and similar restrictions have been applied in Mumbai's Ward-S, P-North and Kalyan-Dombivli, where only essential activities will be permitted. 

Besides this, the state has also launched the world's largest plasma therapy trial for COVID-19 patients. The mission 'Project Platinum' was launched on Monday and is focused on treating a large number of patients with plasma therapy, owing to which, CM Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday, June 28, requested all the discharged and recovered COVID-19 patients to step forward and donate plasma, as it would help the government in treating patients. 

The data released by the state health Ministry on June 28, 2020, showed that the number of cases in Mumbai has crossed the 75,000 Mark besides this tiny also had more than 11,000 cases reported as of Sunday. Some wards in Mumbai and nearby areas have seen as much as a 200 per cent increase in the number of coronavirus patients.

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