A day after the state cabinet’s approval, the Maharashtra Government on Thursday issued an order extending the lockdown until May 15. There were 63,309 new cases and 985 deaths recorded in the state in the last 24 hours, with the current caseload at 6,70,301.
Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte said, “It is imperative to continue emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of virus as Maharashtra is continuing to be threatened with the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The government finds it necessary to continue enforcement of the current restrictions throughout the state beyond 7am on May 1 till 7am on May 15, to break the chain of transmission effectively.” He further added that the government had extended all the restrictions that had been imposed through its ‘Break the Chain’ orders issued on April 13 and April 21, along with all the additions and clarifications issued thereof till 7am on May 15.
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The lockdown restrictions were tightened on April 14 and then last week, bringing more activities under their ambit. The prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC, banning the assembly of five or more people at one spot, are in force.
Local train services in Mumbai and public transport will continue to remain accessible only to essential services staff of the government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Further, vegetable shops, grocery stores and milk outlets will function between 7am and 11am only. Essential services have been exempted from the purview of the curbs