The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the state till June 1 7am. The lockdown imposed by the state government under the ‘break the chain’ initiative was supposed to end on May 15.
The state government also imposed new stringent restrictions on Thursday as it made carrying a negative RT-PCR report to enter the state through any mode of transportation mandatory.
Maharashtra Government extends the current COVID19 restrictions in the state till 7am on 1st June, to fight COVID19; negative RT-PCR report mandatory for those entering the state pic.twitter.com/jjccnpP6KV
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2021
Maharashtra lockdown extended:New guidelines
-Any person entering travelling Maharashtra by any mode of transport will have to carry a negative RTPCR test report which will have to be issued from upto a maximum of 48 hours before the time of his entry into the state, the order stated.
-Milk collection, transport and processing may be allowed without restrictions. However, its retail sale is allowed subject to restrictions imposed on shops dealing with essential items or through home delivery.
-The government has directed the Local District Management Authority (DMA) to keep special vigil over rural markets and APMCs and ensure Covid protocols are followed and if it finds any such place as difficult to manage and discipline to ensure non-spread of Covid epidemic, local DMA may decide on a case by case basis to shut them or may impose further restrictions.
-Personnel engaged in airport and port services and needed for movement of cargo related to medicines or equipments needed for Covid management will be allowed to travel in local, mono and metro services.
-Local District Management Authority (DMA) authorised to impose further restrictions generally or to specific sectors or specific areas with intimation to SDMA and shall give at least 48 hours of public notice before making such further restrictions applicable.
-In the case of cargo carriers, not more than two people (Driver + Cleaner/ helper) may be allowed to travel in the same. If these cargo carriers are originating from outside the state, these may be allowed to enter into the state with a negative RTPCR test which will have to be issued from upto a maximum of 48 hours before the time of entry into Maharashtra and which will be valid for 7 days.
Maharashtra, which is the top contributor to the daily new Covid-19 infections in the country reported a decline of more than than 30,000 active cases on Wednesday, as per the Union health ministry data. The per day growth rate average of the state is also half the national average as it stands at 0.8 per cent, state health minister Tope said on Wednesday.
“Maharashtra’s Covid-19 growth rate is merely half of the country’s daily growth rate. The state’s per day growth rate is 0.8 per cent as against the country’s rate of 1.4 per cent. The state is carrying out around two lakh tests on a daily basis while per million testings is around 2.50 lakh. It is a very good sign for us,” PTI quoted Tope as saying.
Speaking of the success of the ‘break the chain’ initiative to drive down the Covid-19 infection rate in the state, Tope said that the strict measures under the initiative have definitely reduced the number of Covid-19 cases but the curve is not stable yet, as per the PTI report. There are some 12-45 districts in the state that have shown a declining trend in the number of viral infections, he added.
However, there are still some districts where the number of cases are a cause of concern, Tope said. The positivity rate in these parts of the state have not plummeted and is still hovering over 10 per cent, he added, as per the report.
Maharashtra on Wednesday found 46,781 people infected with the disease in the last 24 hours, while 816 lost their lives to the infection, according to the state health bulletin.
The Covid-19 case tally of the state has reached 5,226,710 and the active caseload stands at over 546,000 after the addition of new cases on Wednesday. The death toll in the state has reached 78,007, the bulletin showed.