Maharashtra to Relax Lockdown Norms

Uddhav Thackeray Maharashtra Chief Minister stated today that the existing lockdown norms across the state will be relaxed from August 1. He said, “I’m not using the word ‘lockdown’, I’ll call it ‘unlockdown’. Current restrictions will be relaxed further. We’re in the process of further strengthening the health infrastructure in Mumbai Metropolitan region within a week”. However, rural parts of the states reported a sudden spurt of cases. So, stringent measures will have to be taken there, the Minister added.

A higher official clarified that the state government will wait for the instructions from the Centre on “unlockdown” beyond July 31. He said the revised guideline will be based on the decision of the Central government. Regardless, the suburban train network will remain closed in Maharashtra until a decision is taken by the Railway board.

Earlier in June, the Maharashtra government decided to extend lockdown until the end of July hoping to slow down the extend of the virus. Municipal Corporations of MMR Region including MCGM, Municipal Corporations fo Pune Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule Jalgaon, Akola, Amaravati, and Nagpur allowed activities with restrictions specified in orders issued from time to time.

All Government offices like emergency, health&medical, treasuries, disaster management, police functioned as usual. Other Government offices functioned with 15 percent strength and private offices operated with 10 percent strength. Home delivery restaurants and essential shops also remained open.

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Moreover, according to the latest reports today, Maharashtra recorded its highest ever COVID deaths in a single day. The state recorded 298 deaths including 55 in Mumbai. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) recorded 3,972 new cases and 130 deaths. Likewise, the state-wide cases have increased to 3.57 lakh together with 9985 new cases.

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