New Delhi: A coronavirus patient from Philippines died in Mumbai on Monday taking the death toll in Maharashtra to three within five days, while number of positive cases shot up to 90. Chief Minister has already Uddhav Thackeray announced a ‘near-total’ lockdown from Sunday midnight to March 31 and urged people to stay indoors. Also Read - CRPF Moves Ailing Man to Chandigarh After Airlifting Him From Rajouri
The announcement came close on the heels of the shutting of Indian Railways including Mumbai’s lifeline, the suburban locals, for the next 10 days, and has been reinforced by slapping prohibitory orders, Section 144 in urban areas right down to Gram Panchayats all over the state. Also Read - Mamata Ropes in Abhijit Banerjee on COVID-19 Advisory Panel For West Bengal
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“We have now entered a critical stage. As you must have noticed, the number of patients with Coronavirus has increased in the last two days and we have to stop it. From tomorrow onwards, I am imposing section 144 in all urban areas of the state as there is no other option. Don’t leave your home if it’s not necessary,” CM Thackeray had said on Sunday.
While under a lockdwon, the government offices in state will be operating at 25 per cent attendance, that is, employees will be divided into groups.
Meanwhile, here’s what will remain open and what will be closed in Maharashtra during the lockdown:
1. All workplaces, except for essential services, grocery and medical stores, will remain closed till March 31 in Mumbai, MMR Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur.
2. Essential services – groceries, meat and eggs, milk, medicines and other day-to-day items – will remain open throughout the quarantine period.
3. Banks to remain functional. BSE, NSE, commodity markets will remain open.
4. Public transport – all buses, local trains have been shut down, with exception for people in essential services.
5. All exams have been postponed, schools and other institutes will remain closed till March 31.
6. Food delivery services will remain open, however, Mumbai’s famed dabbawalas have suspended their tiffin services till March 31.
7. All public places – gyms, restaurants, bars, airports and film studios, etc – will be closed until further order.