Maharashtra to see curfew and weekend blockade

People walking on the Mumbai platform

People walking on the Mumbai platform

Maharashtra, India, will impose stricter restrictions starting Monday after a surge in Covid-19 infections.

A curfew will be enforced and the state will be completely closed on weekends.

India had the highest infection date since Sunday in mid-September, with 93,249 new cases.

More than half of them were in Maharashtra, the capital of India’s largest city, Mumbai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked a team of experts to visit the state and investigate why there was such a serious spike.

About 165,000 people have died from Covid-19 in India, and 12.5 million people have been confirmed infected.

This is the second complete blockade of Maharashtra Government officials warned The move was imminent for a while.

What did the Maharashtra leader say?

so Address aired on FridayUddhav Thackeley, Prime Minister of Maharashtra, said people did not comply with safety regulations and some caught Covid-19 after being vaccinated because they stopped wearing masks.

“People are complacent. We are in a catch 22 situation-should we look at the economy or health?” Thackeray said.

“If this condition persists, I have already within 15 days of ours [health] “Infrastructure,” he added.

The city of Pune, about 160 km (100 miles) east of Mumbai, has already imposed a curfew and closed religious places, hotels, bars, shopping malls and cinemas for a week.

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What are the new rules?

Maharashtra is already under Covid’s restrictions, including a ban on public meetings.

But now, from Monday, there is a curfew from 20:00 to 07:00 local time.

On weekends, there will be a complete blockade from 20:00 on Friday to 07:00 on Monday. During this period, only important businesses can operate.

Public transport will continue to operate, but cinemas and playgrounds will be closed. Shops, bars and restaurants are open for takeaway and parcel service only.

Government office buildings are said to run at 50% capacity and work from home when possible. The government said these restrictions would continue until April 30.



What about other parts of India?

India has the third highest number of cases after the United States and Brazil.

The situation in January seemed to be stable, with less than 15,000 infections per day. However, cases began to surge again in March, primarily due to inadequate test and tracing and loose safety protocols.

According to experts, the second wave in India has weakened people’s alertness and encouraged governments to mix messages.

After the infectious disease had diminished and he was locked up in his house for nearly a year, complacency grew, and many Indians began attending large weddings and family events and visiting crowded markets.

Thousands of people also participate in large election rallies in some states where regional elections are held.

How about the vaccine?

The country has begun the third phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive for people over the age of 45 who are eligible for jabs.

In the first two phases, frontline workers and people over the age of 60 were vaccinated.

India has the largest vaccination drive in the world and has been vaccinated more than 68 million times so far. We hope to cover 250 million people by July, but experts say vaccination needs to move faster to stop its spread.