Only pharmacies to remain open in Parel, Wadala stretch till Wednesday

Only pharmacies to remain open in Parel, Wadala stretch till Wednesday

In order to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the F-South ward, all the shops including essential services will remain close till Wednesday. The only shops that will be exempted will be medical shops and chemists.  The F-South ward consists of Lalbaug, Parel, Naigaon, Kalachowki, Wadala, and Sewri. The shutdown was announced on Monday for three days after a sudden spike in the fresh COVID-19 cases in the ward.

Shiv Sena corporator Sachin Padwal said that there has been a significant rise in the number of patients in the past 8-10 days. As a result, they have decided to implement a stricter lockdown in the area. He added that after Sewri was put under a complete shutdown, no new patients were reported in the last four days.

Another corporator, Urmila Panchal said that she had put forward a request with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asking for a shutdown of essential shops except for medical shops. She added that this would help in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

On April 22, F-South ward had recorded 138 positive cases but by Monday, May 4, the count rose to 299. 

Panchal told TOI that there have been case where five members of the same family had tested positive and all of them were admitted to hospital. She added that she has urged the BMC to shut down all shops barring pharmacies till May 6.

In the meantime, in an order released on Monday, May 4, 2020, the Police stated that Sec 144 has been imposed in Mumbai until May 17, 2020. This will be applicable from 8 pm to 7 am, where the movement of any kind is strictly prohibited.

However, the order clarified that vehicles addressing medical emergencies and the ones used for essential services will be allowed in the city, during those hours.

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