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BMC’s partial lockdown in Mumbai affects more than 70,000 households

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: As the daily Covid-19 tally kept on surging in Mumbai amid the fear of new corona variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday sealed over 1305 buildings in Mumbai, which reportedly has affected 71,838 households.

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“A total of 1305 buildings were sealed in Mumbai after 2749 COVID-19 cases were reported. 71,838 households reside in these sealed buildings,” BMC said.

According to fresh data, Maharashtra continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, with the total number of active coronavirus cases sitting at 44,765 in the state. The state today accounted for the highest jump in fresh daily infections across the nation.

“Maharashtra reported 6,112 new COVID-19 cases, 2,159 discharges, and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total cases in the state stand at 20,87,632, including 19,89,963 recoveries, 44,765 active cases 51,713 deaths,” reported the state Health department.

In order to curb the spread of deadly virus, several districts of Maharashtra have declared lockdown. While, the state government has appointed marshals to re-enforce corona guidelines like usage of mask and social distancing at public places.

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In districts of Amravati, and Yavatmal of Mumbai restrictions were put in place, whereas a 10-day lockdown was announced in Yavatmal. A weekend lockdown was imposed in Amravati.

Also, in Mumbai citizens flouting rules for home isolation, weddings, and public gatherings will be prosecuted, an order from Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal stated.

BMC has also intensified action against persons found without masks in public and will take action against function halls, gymnasiums and other establishments that don’t follow safety norms. Additional rules to curb the spread are also put in place, like any residential buildings with over five active cases of coronavirus would be sealed. Also the travellers coming to Mumbai from some countries will have to stay in seven-day mandatory institutional quarantine.

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