New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases in the state have gone up to 74, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that measures are being taken in urban areas across the state from Monday to ensure social distancing. Also Read - Maharashtra Continues to Lead as State With Highest Coronavirus Cases, Total Tally Rises to 74

Addressing a press conference, he said that section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits gathering of over five persons at public places, is being imposed in the state in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. The development comes as two COVID-19 patients have died in the state. Also Read - West Bengal, Maharashtra State Boards Postpone Exams Amid COVID-19 Scare

Saying that state transport and private bus services will be suspended completely, Thackeray said that essential services such as groceries, vegetables vendors, banks and key financial services will continue to operate.

Thackeray also said that the intercity bus services will remain suspended in Maharashtra till March 31. “However, BEST buses will ply on the roads of Mumbai for people involved in essential services. All essential services including banks and share market will remain open,” he added.

However, he said that the ‘work from home’ practice should be encouraged in the state to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

He also asked the industries to pay at least minimum wages to employees during lockdown period.

Meanwhile, workers of Pune Municipal Corporation were seen sanitizing public places and residential areas as the city observes Janata Curfew in wake of coronavirus outbreak.

As per updates, the coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra have gone up to 74 with 10 more positive cases reported in the last 24 hours. Officials stated that out of the 10 new cases, 6 are in Mumbai and 4 are in Pune.