Anil Deshmukh
Anil Deshmukh

On Monday, Maha Home Minister reacted to claims that vehicles of vegetables weren’t being allowed to move on highways across Maharashtra.

Reacting to instances of vehicles being checked, Maha Home Minister told The Free Press Journal that there is no blanket ban on movement of vegetables.

However, he clarified, vehicles are being stopped at nakas to verify and then allowed to pass on upon checking its essential commodity.

There have been fears that food prices might skyrocket due to the coronavirus crackdown.

The APMC marked in Vashi is set to close till March 31.

COVID cases in India rose to 415, Union health ministry said as much of the country locked down on Monday with the Centre warning of legal action against those violating the restrictions enforced to curtail the pandemic, which has claimed more than 14,500 lives globally.

Punjab on Monday became the first in the country to impose curfew in the entire state with no relaxations and only exempted essential services to prevent the infection, which has killed seven people in the country so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asked state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are enforced as he noted that many people are not taking the measure seriously.

"Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Faced with unprecedented situation arising out of the coronavirus breakout, the Centre and state governments have decided to take extraordinary measures and impose restrictions.

With inputs from agencies

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