Maharashtra Eases Lockdown, Restrictions Completely Lifted In 18 Districts With Low Cases

Mumbai Lockdown

Financial capital Mumbai falls in the Level 2 category while neighbouring city Thane, with a low positivity rate falls in Level 1

The Maharashtra government on Thursday eased the lockdown restrictions and announced a 5-level unlock plan that’ll be monitored weekly. The Uddhav Thackeray led government will implement these five levels unlock strategy from Friday.

As part of the 1st level, lockdown will be completely lifted in districts with less than 5 per cent positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy should be less than 25 per cent. Cities such as Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Jalgaon, Latur, Nanded, Nashik, Parbhani, Thane, Jalna, Nagpur, Wardha, Washim, and Yavatmal are in this category for now.

State capital Mumbai — which got the situation fast under control during the second wave of the virus — is on Level 2. The local train service, the key mode of transportation, will remain shut for now. Section 144 will be applicable in this level. Gyms, salons, beauty parlors are allowed to reopen with 50 per cent capacity. Restrictions on gathering of number of people in marriages. Areas in this level include Ahmednagar, Amaravati, Hingoli and Nandurbar.

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This is applicable only to districts which had less than 10 per cent Covid positivity rate and where occupancy of oxygen beds was less than 40 per cent, the government said.

Cities/districts in level 3 are Akola, Beed, Kolhapur, Usmanabad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Satara, Palghar, and Solapur whereas areas in level 4 include Pune and Raigad.

For level 5, an e-pass will be required to travel due to the high number in Covid-19 cases. No need to carry RTPCR report for intra-state transport, the Maharashtra government said

Maharashtra recorded 15,169 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 57,76,184, and 285 fresh deaths and also added 268 previously unreported fatalities. The statewide toll rose to 96,751. As many as 29,270 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases to 54,60,589, a statement from the Maharashtra health department had said. The state now has 2,16,016 active cases.

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