Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the existing lockdown-like COVID-19 restrictions till May 15, amid the huge spike in number of coronavirus cases and rising death toll in the state. The restrictions were enforced in the state to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus cases and the rising death toll. The decision was announced by state chief secretary Sitaram Kunte who said that the decision to extend the restrictions has been taken as the state continued to be threatened with the spread of COVID-19.Also Read - This Country Extends Work From Home Order As COVID Cases Continue to Rise, Strict Curbs Imposed | Key Points

Issuing an order to extend the lockdown-like restrictions, Kunte said, “It was imperative to continue the emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.” Also Read - This Country Bans Flight To India, 15 Other Nations Over Covid Resurgence. Full List Inside

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The sweeping curbs on movement of people and a host of other activities, imposed early this month, were to continue till 7 am on May 1. The restrictions were further tightened on April 14 and then last week, brining more activities under their ambit. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC, banning assembly of five or more people at one spot, are in force. Local train services in Mumbai and public transport are open only for essential services staff of the government. At present, vegetable shops, grocery stores and milk outlets are allowed to function only between 7 am and 11 am. Essential services have been exempted from the purview of the curbs.

On Wednesday,  Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 63,309 new coronavirus cases and 985 deaths, as per data provided by the state health department. It took the tally of infections in the state to 44,73,394 and the death toll to 67,214. Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded 4,926 new cases and 78 deaths, raising its caseload to 6,40,409 and the death toll to 12,954. A total of 61,181 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 37,30,729. Of 985 fatalities, 392 occurred in the last 48 hours, 251 in the last week while the rest had taken place earlier but were added to the tally now, an official explained. Maharashtra has now 6,73,481 active cases.