New Delhi: On a day people came out in hordes across the country, despite several states officially being under lockdown, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday announced a curfew in the state as ‘people were not listening and we are compelled.’ Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown Mumbai, Maharashtra: All You Need to Know About Maharashtra Lockdown Over Coronavirus
The Chief Minister made this announcement while interacting with media to announce additional steps to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. With 89 positive cases, including two deaths, Maharashtra is the worst coronavirus-affected state in the country. Also Read - PM Modi Warns Citizens to Take Lockdown 'Seriously', Asks States to Follow Guidelines Issued by Centre
Speaking to the media, CM Uddhav, who also heads the Shiv Sena, said, “Yesterday, we sealed the state borders and today we are sealing district borders. We will not allow it to spread to the districts which are unaffected as of now.” Also Read - Maharashtra Continues to Lead as State With Highest Coronavirus Cases, Total Tally Rises to 74
Urging people not to panic, he added that during the curfew, essentials like grocery shops, milk booths, bakery, medical stores etc. will remain open. He further stated that all religious places of worship will stay closed, with only priests or clerics allowed inside.
“Today I am compelled to announce a statewide curfew. People were not listening and we are compelled,” the Chief Minister announced.
The development means that borders of all districts will be sealed and no inter-district transportation will be allowed. However, all essential services will continue to function and their transportation will also be allowed but with restrictions.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, appealed to people to take restrictions ‘seriously’ after visuals emerged from across the country of people out on the streets and vehicles plying on roads, just a day after the nation observed ‘Janata Curfew.’