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Coronavirus Outbreak: Section 144 imposed in Mumbai from midnight

The restrictions will be applicable from September 18 and section 144 has been imposed from midnight. The doubling rate of Mumbai has increased alarmingly in the past few days.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Section 144 imposed in Mumbai from midnight
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The Mumbai Police on Thursday imposed restrictions under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on movements and gathering in the metropolitan owing to the rising coronavirus cases. 

The restrictions will be applicable up to September 30 and section 144 has been imposed from midnight tonight. The doubling rate of Mumbai has increased alarmingly in the past few days. 

The order issued by the police says that the coronavirus cases have been rising rapidly in Mumbai and the restrictions on the movement of one or more persons in public places or gatherings have been prohibited. 

Mumbai Police have informed that the movement of people will only be allowed for the listed emergency and non-emergency services by the government. The order further states that the movement of one or more persons in the Containment Zones is prohibited except for essential activities, medical emergencies and supply of essential good will be allowed. 

"DCP Operations issued an order under 144 CrPC yesterday which will be applicable in Mumbai City up to 30th September. It is issued as per the guidelines received from the state govt on 31st August regarding easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening of lockdown under 'Mission Begin Again'. No new/fresh restrictions have been imposed by Mumbai Police," Mumbai police PRO DCP Ambika said in a statement. 

Update: Aaditya Thackeray has clarified that, "The order issued under section 144 CrPC is only an extension of the previous order issued on 31st August. No new restrictions have been imposed by Mumbai Police."

The number of rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra are concerning and it has been one of the worst-hit states in India from the inception of the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also raised concerns over the same saying that maximum cases were being reported from Maharashtra. 

As of September 16, the coronavirus cases in Maharashtra have risen to 11,21,221 and the death toll has touched 30,883. The active cases in the state remain 2,97,125 while almost 7,92,832 people have recovered from COVID-19. On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 23,365 coronavirus cases and 474 fatalities in 24 hours.

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