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COVID-19 outbreak: petrol pumps, all-cargo and IT assistance added to essential services

Moreover, other essential services and transportation including buses, trains, taxis will be permitted across Mumbai.

COVID-19 outbreak: petrol pumps, all-cargo and IT assistance added to essential services
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In recent developments, the Government of Maharashtra has informed that petrol pumps, all-cargo services, data centres/cloud service providers, IT services supporting critical infrastructure and service, government and private security services and fruit vendors have been added to the list of essential services.

Moreover, other essential services and transportation including buses, trains, taxis will be permitted. This decision has been taken keeping in view the convenience of the citizens along with the businesses that could be severely impacted otherwise as a result of the coronavirus induced lockdown in the state.

With the Maharashtra government announcing fresh restrictions to curb the instances of coronavirus, a night curfew will be set in place across the state from 8 PM to 7 AM with only essential services being permitted.

Meanwhile, strict lockdown will be imposed across the state on weekends from Friday night at 8 PM to Monday morning at 7 AM. This decision has been taken to get the number of cases down and to break the chain of the virus. However, it has been termed as worrisome by several business owners who were already grappling with the effects of the nationwide lockdown that was imposed last year.

Earlier on April 5, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lower the age group eligible for vaccination to 25 years old to curb the intensity of the increasing cases in Maharashtra. He exuded confidence in the country overcoming the second COVID-19 wave with the "collective wisdom" and strength of all states. While a total of 71,47,089 persons have been inoculated in Maharashtra so far, 8,21,179 of them have received the second dose of the vaccine too.

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