BMC Issues Fresh Guidelines Amid Rising Cases In Mumbai: Lockdown Declared In Amravati

In a fresh bid to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Maharashtra, the BMC has issued new guidelines for Mumbai.

According to BMC Commissioner IS Chahal, residential buildings with more than 5 active Covid-19 patients will be sealed.

Places like wedding halls, clubs, and restaurants, etc will be raided to check if they are flouting any Covid-19 protocol.

Travellers coming to Mumbai from Brazil will be put into compulsory 7 days institutional quarantine. 300 marshals will be appointed to take action against those travelling in trains without masks. Tests will be increased in areas where more patients are found.

“Stamps will be put on the back of the hands of the patients staying in home quarantine. 300 marshals will be hired to keep an eye on people traveling in local trains without face mask. Besides, additional marshals will be hired to keep an eye on violators in Mumbai,” the BMC said.

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The government has also announced a lockdown in Amaravati due to rising cases.

“Owing to rising cases, lockdown declared in Amravati District from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am,” Naval told reporters. “I advise all the people of the district to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines failing which strict action will be taken by the concerned authorities,” he added.

Following this information, the Yavatmal district also tightened its COVID-19 restrictions.
“Restrictions are being put in place in Yavatmal district due to rising COVID-19 cases. It is not a lockdown,” said District Collector, MD Singh.
Maharashtra reported 5,427 new COVID-19 cases, 2,543 discharges, and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per State Health Department on Thursday. The total cases in the state are 20,81,520

Total recoveries are 19,87,804. The active cases are 40,858, while the death toll is at 51,669 in the state.

On February 16, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed senior officials to take strict action against people or organizations who flout COVID-19 guidelines.

“If people do not wear masks or follow COVID-19 rules, then the district and police administration has the responsibility to strictly enforce these rules. They must take strict punitive and necessary action without showing any leniency,” stated Thackeray.

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