1 min read.Updated: 23 Mar 2020, 05:49 PM IST Edited By J. Jagannath
Maharashtra, which has recorded the highest number of confirmed cases in India, has excluded movement of essential goods from the curfew
'Essentials like groceries, milk, bakery, medical etc will remain open. People need not panic,' says CM
Mumbai: The state of Maharashtra on Monday imposed curfew in the state in an attempt to restrict the spread of coronavirus, the chief minister of the state said.
Maharashtra, which is home to the country's financial centre of Mumbai and which has recorded the highest number of confirmed cases in India, has excluded movement of essential goods from the curfew, Uddhav Thackeray said.
The move came a day after he declared a near-total statewide lockdown till 31 March and also implemented prohibitory orders till nagar panchayat levels to combat the spread of Covid-19 which has claimed four lives and infected another 89 in Maharashtra, the highest in India.
"Today I am compelled to announce a statewide curfew. People were not listening and we are compelled," said Thackeray.
"Essentials like groceries, milk, bakery, medical etc will remain open. People need not panic. All religious places will remain closed. Only the priests and clerics alone will be inside and pray," said Thackeray.
"Yesterday we sealed the state borders and today we are sealing district borders. We will not allow it to spread to the districts which are unaffected as of now," the CM said.