Maharashtra State Govt is set to announce lockdown from April 14 midnight till April 30
The Maharashtra Government is set to announce a 15-day lockdown from midnight of April 14 till 11.59 pm, April 30, in a serious bid to push its efforts to break the virus chain. However, the government does not propose to suspend public transport, especially buses, trains and planes; nonetheless, people will be discouraged from undertaking unnecessary travel and prodded to work from home.
The final decision will come within a day or two, as Gudi Padwa is on April 13 and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary is on April 14. There is a possibility of a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday and after its go-ahead, the lockdown will begin.
(With inputs from agencies)
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Dhanare (49), who was an MLA from Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra from 2014 to 2019, was suffering from COVID-19 and was earlier admitted to a hospital at Vapi in Gujarat, they said.
After his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to a hospital in neighbouring Mumbai on Sunday night.
Dhanare died in the early hours of Monday, the sources said.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
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