To curb the intensity of the rising cases in the state, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced new Covid-19 guidelines for Mumbai to restrict the movement of people in public areas and transport while exempting those involved in essential services.
Reacting to the same, television actor Karan Patel of ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ fame went on a social media rant, citing that it this selective shutdown is severely affecting the common man.
Calling the partial lockdown "senseless and outright stupid", Karan took to his Instagram and wrote, "Actors CAN continue to shoot for their projects. Cricketers CAN continue to play their matches, day or night. Politicians CAN hold rallies with thousands of people States CAN conduct elections and expect you to come out to vote. BUT the common man cannot go to work. #Stupid and Outright senseless."
Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded the highest daily count of 59,907 coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally of infections to 31,73,261 while 322 fatalities pushed the toll to 56,652, the state health department said.
Mumbai Police updated the lockdown guidelines which restrict the movement of people in public areas and transport while exempting those involved in essential services.
In a series of tweets, Mumbai Police announced the updated lockdown guidelines, which stated: "Public Places: Weekdays (7 am-8 pm) - the movement of no more than 5 people allowed Weekdays (8 pm-7 am) and 8 pm Friday to 7 am Monday - no movement except essential services Beaches- Closed till 30 April."
While private offices will remain closed, government offices have been allowed to run with 50 per cent occupancy whereas government offices required for response to COVID-19, electricity, water, banking and financial services are allowed to function with 100 per cent capacity.
Moreover, only 50 guests are allowed in wedding ceremonies while not more than 20 people can attend funerals.
On work front, Karan is currently seen as Mr Bajaj in the reboot of the show 'Kasautii Zindagii Kay'.
Joining the show was special for him because he was a part of the original ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’, which aired from 2001 to 2008. In the original, Ronit Roy became popular as Mr Bajaj.