The Maharashtra government has extended curbs, imposed as part of its Mission Begin Again initiative, till April 15.
A night curfew has been announced in the state from tonight and it will be implemented from 8 pm to 7 am every night, a circular issued by Sitaram Kunte, Chief Secretary, Maharashtra stated. Violators will be fined up to Rs 1,000.
The circular clarified that there is no restriction on the movement of people, but a gathering of more than 5 people will not be allowed.
Masks and social distancing have been made mandatory, spitting and consumption of substances like paan, gutkha has been banned.
Cinema halls, malls, auditoriums and restaurants will also shut at 8 pm. Home delivery of food will be allowed.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has said that the BMC will seal all those residential societies that report more than five cases. “We are seeing a higher positivity rate in high-rises than in slums and chawls,” she said.
Hotels and pubs will remain closed during the night curfew. Only essential services will be allowed. Night curfew in Mumbai may start from 10 pm or 11 pm on March 28, she was quoted by ANI as saying.
The Kejriwal government in Delhi has decided to keep 3 pm-9 pm as ‘no registration’ window for those eligible to get Covid-19 vaccine. “People were facing difficulty in registration for vaccination, many people aren’t tech-savvy. Even if they get registered they get busy and don’t reach centers,” health minister Satyendra Jain said, adding that during the mentioned time people can go for vaccination without registration.
For the first time in 160 days, India’s daily Covid-19 tally crossed 60,000 with Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat recording the most number of cases. The country also recorded 289 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, the highest daily toll since December 30. Maharashtra, which is in the midst of worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic in the country, reported another all-time high of 36,902 new cases on Friday, while Mumbai breached all previous records to registered 5,515 cases. The state has reported 35,000-plus new cases for the two days in a row.
India reported 62,336 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the highest since October 17 last year. According to a report in national daily, besides Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat logged their highest-ever count of new cases. Punjab added 3,176 infections, going over the 3,000 mark for the first time. The state also reported 59 deaths, the second highest in the country after Maharashtra, where the day’s toll was 112. Gujarat, with 2,190 fresh cases on Friday, logged its highest-ever count for the fifth straight day.
Meanwhile, Over 20,000 beneficiaries received shots of Covid-19 vaccine in the national capital by 6 pm on Friday, an official statement said here. In the 45-59 years age bracket, 2,092 beneficiaries received the shots, while 10,571 senior citizens also got their first jabs by 6 pm, an official said.
The second dose of vaccine was given to 4,471 people, he said, adding 1,900 frontline workers and 1,619 healthcare workers got their first shots. A total of 20,652 people were vaccinated across the city.
Vaccination centres in the city have been operating from 9 am to 9 pm since Monday. Last week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the number of vaccination centres will be doubled to 1,000 from about 500 at present spanning both government and private facilities.
He had announced that the number of daily inoculations in Delhi will be augmented from 30,000-40,000 to 1.25 lakh. Delhi reported 1,515 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest in over three months, while five more people succumbed to the disease.
This is the highest number of cases since December 16 when 1,547people tested positive for the virus, according to official data. The city had recorded 1,254 cases on Wednesday and 1,101 cases on Tuesday — the first time since December 24 that the number of cases crossed the 1,000-mark.
Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority had on Tuesday ordered that there will be no public celebrations in the national capital during upcoming festivals such as Holi and Navratri. Chief Secretary Vijay Dev directed authorities to ensure strict compliance of the order.
News Source: News 18