The Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation on Monday eased restrictions in Mumbai as the city recorded 676 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries in the city stand at 5,570 while there are 22,390 active cases, according to latest update. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Monday reported 15,077 new COVID-19 cases and 184 deaths.
Under the state’s ‘Break the Chain’ order, all shops selling essential items will be allowed to be open between 7 am and 2 pm from Monday till June 15. Presently they are permitted to remain open between 7 am to 11 am. The order also permitted the distribution of non-essential items along with essential ones under e-commerce.
While shops selling non-essential items in the city will be allowed to stay open only on weekdays, in such a manner that shops on right side of the road will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while shops on the left side open on Tuesday and Thursday. “Next week, the shops on the left side of the road will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the shops on the right will be open on Tuesday and Thursday,” the order stated, adding that the same arrangement will continue for the weeks ahead.
The shopkeepers and customers have been asked to strictly abide by the COVID-19 norms and maintain social distancing and wear masks. The BMC also stated that these orders will be applicable until the directives issued by the state government under ‘Break The Chain’ remain in force.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had expressed concern over the heavy vehicular traffic in Mumbai and warned that the lockdown-like curbs will be made stricter if such a situation continues. “I myself cross-checked my speech made last night. I did not say that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted,” Thackeray said. The Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown-like curbs in the state till June 15 and said relaxations will be granted depending on the COVID-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds.
Maharashtra on Monday reported 15,077 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since March 15, taking the caseload to 57,46,892, while 184 more deaths pushed the toll to 95,344, the state health department said. On March 15, the state had reported 15,051 cases as it hurtled towards a devastating second COVID-19 wave. The daily count was also a sharp drop from 18,600 infections registered on Sunday. Recoveries far exceeded new infections.
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