Uddhav cautions people on COVID-19-Maharashtra

Maharashtra government on Monday extended lockdown provisions in the state till July 31, empowering local bodies to enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.


The lockdown will not put a blanket ban on non-essential activities but concerned District Collectors and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of persons to control COVID-19, the state government said. 

The ongoing restrictions would have expired on June 30 in the absence of an extension.

“All Government offices with certain exceptions like emergency, health and medical, treasuries, disaster management, police to function with 15% strength or 15 persons whichever is higher. All private offices can operate up to 10% strength or 10 people whichever is more,” the order issued by the state government said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had on Sunday said the lockdown curbs in the state would continue beyond June 30.

Speaking to the people of Maharashtra in a televised address, Thackeray had ruled out easing the restrictions, adding the state still faces coronavirus threat.

“Will lockdown be lifted after June 30? The clear answer is no,” Thackeray’s office later said in a tweet.

Thackeray said there will be some restrictions in the state after June 30 but more relaxations will be offered gradually. “The state has now started the unlock process under the Mission Begin Again. There will be some restrictions even after June 30, but eventually more and more relaxations will be offered to the people,” he said.

Coronavirus : In highest spike yet, India COVID-19

Coronavirus The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.25 lakh-mark on Saturday, while the death toll has topped the 3,700-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,25,101 cases, which includes 69,597 active cases; 51,783 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 3,720 deaths.


According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,654 new COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. In fact, this is the highest spike in India’s COVID-19 tally so far. The last highest jump was of a spike of about 6,088 cases yesterday, thereby marking three significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India was nearing 1.2 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,500-mark. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.39%, the Health Ministry informed.

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Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 44,582 positive cases of infection and 1,517 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 27,000-mark and the death toll has topped the 900-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 27,251 cases and 909 deaths.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 14,753 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 13,273 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 12,319 with 5,897 patients recovered and 208 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 6,494 cases of which 3,680 have recovered and 153 patients are dead.

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Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,170 positive cases so far of which 3,089 patients have recovered and 272 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 5,735 people have confirmed

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 733 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire in India, the central and state governments are respectively amping up all of their efforts to check potential contamination.

The Union Home Ministry had on Wednesday dropped domestic air travel from the list of prohibited activities during the ongoing lockdown over COVID-19, as the government announced the resumption of services from May 25.

On the other hand, the Indian Railways has stated that it will run 200 non-AC passenger trains from June 1. These new trains will be plying in addition to the ‘Shramik Special’ trains and air-conditioned special trains which are carrying passengers from Delhi to 15 major cities

COVID19 Latest News:5,274 cases,149 deaths in India

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India Live Updates: The 21-day national lockdown is unlikely to be lifted on April 14, PM Modi hinted in a meeting with leaders of all parties.


The number of cases of the novel coronavirus across the globe crossed the 1.4 million mark as the global death toll topped 80,000. India has entered the third week of its 21-day lockdown. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 5,274 on Wednesday, registering an increase of 485 cases in the last 24 hours, while the death toll stood at 149, the Union Health Ministry said. Stay with TOI for live updates.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India Live Updates: Total coronavirus cases in India have crossed the 5000-mark, including the death toll of 149. According to the latest data provided by the Union Health Ministry, there are 5,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in India. So far, 410 coronavirus patients have been cured or discharged. Unfortunately, 149 people have died due to deadly COVID-19 which has infected over a million people around the world.

The Supreme Court directed Centre that COVID-19 tests in approved government labs or private laboratories should be conducted free of cost and the government should immediately issue directions in this regard.

Maharashtra became the first state in India to record over 1000 coronavirus positive cases. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting with leaders of all parties on Wednesday, hinted that the 21-day national lockdown is likely to be extended after April 14. However, a final decision in this regard will be taken later.

Apart from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are two of the most affected states in the country. In Uttar Pradesh, parts of 15 districts have been identified as ‘hotspots’. These ‘hotspots’ have reported heavy load of infection and would be sealed completely till April 15, the state administration said. Essential commodities will be made available via home delivery.

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