In a major decision, Maharashtra government on Friday ordered its residents from Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Nagpur to stay at home unless required to make essential trips, becoming the 1st Indian state to implement such extreme measures in a bid to contain the rapidly increasing coronavirus outbreak.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said trains, buses will operate; shutting down public transport in Mumbai will be last resort. Reports say only banks, grocery stores, and medical shops, clinics and hospitals will remain open.
Mumbai, which is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, has seen a partial lockdown in the last few days and is resembling a ghost town. The number of active cases is the most in Maharashtra. Health Minister Rajesh Tope urged people to refrain from stepping out of their homes as ‘isolation’ was the key to battling the COVID-19 virus.
Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad have recorded the maximum cases of Coronavirus. The total number of coronavirus cases reached 52 on Friday with 3 more persons testing positive, Tope informed. They include 1 patient each in Mumbai, Pune, and Pimpri-Chinchwad, all of them having a history returning from foreign countries.
Tope added that the state has completely banned all flights from worst-hit 12 countries besides exercising extreme precautions for flights from all other nations at the 3 international airports in Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur since the past over a month, reported IANS.
Tope advised people to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call and observe the ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday by remaining indoors.