Coronavirus: Mumbai to shut down from midnight, only essential services allowed1 min read . Updated: 20 Mar 2020, 04:12 PM IST
- Effective midnight, all workplaces, barring essential services, will down shutters till 31 March
- In Maharashtra, total number of confirmed cases stands at 52
Mumbai: As Maharashtra reported three fresh cases of Covid-19 on Friday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that the maximum city will shutdown to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Thackeray said, effective midnight today, all workplaces, barring essential services, will down shutters till 31 March, while government offices will operate at 25% attendance compared with 50% workforce announced earlier.
The directive is applicable for Mumbai, Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, and Nagpur.
In a video address to the public today, Thackeray urged people to stay indoors and maintain calm, assuring people that the government has all the necessary resources to combat the outbreak.
"Essential services shall operate, any other services important to operate, the collectors shall specify from time-to-time. Groceries, milk and other day-to-day items shall be available. Citizens are requested to reduce unnecessary movement. Let’s win this #WarAgainstVirus," said Aaditya Thackeray, minister of tourism and environment, in a post on Twitter.
In Maharashtra, the total number of confirmed cases stands at 52 now.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, state health minister Rajesh Tope said the three fresh cases were detected in Mumbai, Pune, and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
A 64-year person succumbed to the earlier this week.
Mumbai's iconic dabbawallas have also suspended services till 31 March given the situation. Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said the service will be from Friday as a precautionary measure.
“All schools are shut. Some of the offices are closed as well. We don’t have enough dabbas to deliver. On an average, if a dabbawala delivers 35 tiffin boxes, he’s doing 12. It doesn’t make sense to risk your life for 12 dabbas," said Talekar. Typically dabbawalas deliver around 200,000 tiffin boxes daily.
To contain the outbreak, the Maharahstra government on Wednesday said railways, state transport, private buses, metros trains, and public transport system will operate at 50% passenger capacity.
In buses, commuters are not be allowed to stand and have been instructed to sit at a distance from each other, Thackeray said.
The government has also decided to allow opening of shops in a rotational basis to allow people access from morning to evening. It has also begun stamping the hands of all those who are required to be stay have been sent to home quarantine to prevent the number of cases from increasing.