Level-3 lockdown restrictions to continue in Mumbai for few weeks

BMC released a statement regarding the same stating that despite the positivity rate, several other factors were considered before easing COVID-19 restrictions. Thought Mumbai has been moved under level-2, the city will follow level-3 restricitons.

Level-3 lockdown restrictions to continue in Mumbai for few weeks

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the city of Mumbai have been reducing significantly over the few weeks and observing the same, the state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have eased some restrictions in the city. However, the civic body, on Friday, June 11, announced that Mumbai will continue to follow restrictions mentioned for level three COVID lockdown cities and orders regarding the same were released on Friday confirming that the restrictions will not be eased further for a few weeks. 

Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal informed that the city has been moved under level two but will continue to observe restrictions mentioned for level three. The decision was taken keeping the population density, mumbai local train transport and commute-related concerns and the current monsoon conditions in mind. 

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As per reports, Mumbai's positivity rate was recorded at 4.4 per cent and the city has over 27 per cent oxygen bed occupancy. COVID-19 patients have declined for a few weeks consistently, however, officials from the administration have stated various factors which were considered to maintain the level three status of the city. The city has been experiencing a heavy rainfall since a few days and this was one was the main concerns behind the decision.

As of now, BMC-run hospitals have decided to convert unused for the treatment of other patients who are not infected with the coronavirus. Health officials confirmed that labs across the city witnessed reduction in the number of tests, both RT-PCR and antigen, in the month of May. Strict lockdown-like restrictions imposed over the last many weeks have resulted in the drop and the civic body is taking possible measures to control and maintain the same.

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Sharing more information, Indian Express quoted Additional Municipal Commissioner, Suresh Kakani, who said, “Mumbai has been showing a decline trend in new cases. But we don’t plan on easing further restrictions for at least next two weeks. This will create confusion and problems in management at wards. We don’t want to open up activities and shut them again due to a rise in cases. We have decided to observe the trend for the next two weeks before we take a call.”

Currently, shops and restaurants across the city can remain open until 4 pm, however, they will have to closed over weekends. Moreover,  malls will remain closed for a few more weeks. Offices can operate at 50 per cent capacity. Mumbai local trains will continue to function for essential services. Along with this, people can travel for a medical emergency and  women can also use the train for commute.

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