Mumbai: In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra government on Sunday extended the ongoing lockdown in the state by 15 days.
"The lockdown being extended for 15 days will now remain in force till June 15. Depending on the cases of coronavirus infection in the districts, some exemptions and restrictions will be implemented," Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said.
Maharashtra government issues new guidelines
The Maharashtra government has also issued a new guideline regarding the lockdown. According to the new guideline, "All required shops which are currently allowed to operate between 7 am and 11 am may be allowed to operate between 7 am and 2 pm".
According to the Maharashtra government, restrictions will be relaxed based on the coronavirus infection rate during the lockdown and the availability of oxygen and beds in hospitals.
According to sources, shops and other services may remain open from from 7 am to 2 pm in the municipal areas and districts where the rate of infection is below 10 percent and the occupancy of oxygen beds is less than 40 percent. Right now the time is from 7 am to 11 am.
In the municipal corporations and districts where the rate of infection is more than 20 percent and 75 percent of the oxygen beds are occupied, there will be a ban on the movement of people.
The Local Disaster Management Authority will take decisions regarding shops and establishments selling items other than essential commodities.
Black fungus and coronavirus cases in Maharashtra
Announcing the extended lockdown on Sunday night, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that 3,000 cases of black fungus (Mucormycosis) have been reported in the state so far.
In the last 24 hours in Maharashtra, 18,600 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported and death of 402 infected people has been recorded. 22,532 patients have been sent home after being found healthy. 2,71,801 patients are said to be active in the state.
The total number of discharged patients so far is 57,31,815 while the death toll is 94,844. The total number of healthy patients in the state is 53,62,370.