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Maha’tra to unlock in 5-phases, restrictions to be lifted in 18 districts from tomorrow

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Maha’tra to unlock in 5-phases, restrictions to be lifted in 18 districts from tomorrow

Mumbai: As Maharashtra undergoes unlock stage, the state government decides to uplift lockdown like restrictions in its 18 districts categorised as Level 1. All restrictions will be lifted in these districts from June 4.

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These 18 districts are — Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Yavatmal, Washim, Wardha, Parbhani and Thane.

Whereas, Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai is on Level 2. Restrictions in Mumbai city will be relaxed partially, but the travel by local trains, the state capital’s lifeline, would not be open to the general public as of now.

“We have prepared a 5-level unlock plan for the State on the basis of positivity rate and status of occupancy of oxygen beds in the districts. Districts with the lowest positivity rate will have no restrictions,” Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar said.

The announcement was made by Wadettiwar after a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority in Mumbai today.

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Here’s what all will remain open and what will remain closed:

-All the 18 districts that come under level 1 of the plan, will be free from all the lockdown restrictions.

-State capital Mumbai and some of its suburbs, which have been badly-hit by Covid-19, will come in level 2 of the unlock plan. However, the local train service which is the key mode of transportation, will remain shut for now.

-Level 2 districts will reopen partially with gyms, salons, beauty parlours functioning at 50% occupancy. Section 144 will remain imposed in districts falling under level 2.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 15,169 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 57,76,184, and 285 fresh deaths and also added 268 previously unreported fatalities, the state health department said.

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The statewide toll rose to 96,751, it said.

The new cases were higher than 14,123 infections registered on Tuesday.

Recoveries far exceeded new infections.

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 health department said.

The state now has 2,16,016 active cases, it said.

The COVID-19 recovery rate marginally increased to 94.54 per cent from 94.28 per cent a day ago, while the fatality rate is at 1.67 per cent, the department said.

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The statement said 2,36,491 more people were tested for coronavirus in Maharashtra, taking the number of samples examined so far to 3,55,14,594.

There are 16,87,643 people in home isolation and 7,418 in institutional quarantine across the state, the department said.

Out of the 285 deaths, 211 occurred in the last 48 hours and 74 in the last week, it said.

As many as 268 COVID-19 deaths had taken place before the last week and they have been directly added in the cumulative figures as part of a data reconciliation exercise, the department said.

This means, the cumulative fatality count rose by 553 to 96,751, the department said.

Mumbai city reported 923 new cases and 31 deaths, taking its tally to 7,07,041 and the toll to 14,880, the department said.

The wider Mumbai division, including the city and its satellite towns, reported 2,616 infections and 50 deaths, pushing the caseload to 15,37,397 and the toll to 27,965, it said.

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