Maharashtra announces night curfew, complete weekend lockdown amid rising Covid cases

The Maharashtra governement has decided to impose strict Covid-19 restrictions across the state over rising coronavirus cases. The new rules will come into effect from Monday.

UPDATED: April 4, 2021 8:36 PM IST

The Maharashtra government has imposed a night curfew in the state from 8 pm to 7 am from Monday. The state will also go for a complete weekend lockdown from 8 pm on Friday to 7am on Monday.

Maharashtra cabinet, during a meet on Sunday, decided to implement stricter Covid-19 rules in the state. The new set of strict guidelines will come into effect from 8 pm on Monday. The strict guidelines are likely to be in place till April 30.

As per the new rules, people who work for essential services will only be allowed to travel at night. The new rule mentions that hotels and restaurants can only allow takeaways. In-hotel dining will not be permitted.

Theatres, parks will remain shut as of now.

After the cabinet meeting gets over, SOPs for different sectors will be laid out by the government.

The rules also add that no big shootings will be allowed in the state.

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said: “It was a unanimous decision. We are appealing to people to follow these guidelines.”

During the meeting, a large group of ministers had opposed the proposal of complete lockdown. The CM, however, sought individual opinions from all cabinet ministers.

Sources said that one suggestion, which came up during the meet, was to avoid using the word lockdown and insist on calling it ‘strict implementation of government orders/guidelines.’

Cases on Saturday

On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 49,447 new Covid-19 cases. This was the state’s highest single-day spike ever since the coronavirus pandemic began last year.

On Saturday, the state also reported 277 Covid-19 deaths and the case fatality rate stood at 1.88 percent. The case fatality rate is the percentage of cases where deaths occur out of the total cases.The state currently has 4,01,172 active cases.

In its Covid-19 bulletin, the state government said Maharashtra currently has 21,57,135 people in home quarantine and 18,994 people in institutional quarantine.

Besides these, 37,821 patients were discharged on Saturday, taking the total number of discharged patients to 24,95,315. With cases rising alarmingly in the past one month, the state’s recovery rate has fallen to 84.49 per cent.



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