Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today said that all workplaces in major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Pune, will remain closed till 31 March. This is applicable in Mumbai, MMR Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur. He urged the people of the state not to step out of their homes unnecessarily to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The state government has ordered complete shutdown in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, except essential services and public transport. However, banks will remain open in the state, the CM said.
Maharashtra, which has so far reported 52 cases with at least five patients recovering from the virus, has excluded shops that are selling essential commodities were excluded from the restriction, Uddhav Thackeray said.
Thackeray said the attendance in government offices will be brought down to 25% from the present 50% on rotation basis as announced earlier.
The Chief Minister ruled out shutting down public transport in Mumbai. The decision to shut down public transport will not be taken as of now, he said.
Yesterday, Mumbai's famed tiffin suppliers, the dabbawalas suspended their tiffin services till 31 March as the state tries to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 195, according to the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Kerala witnessed as many as 28 coronavirus patients. Delhi has recorded 17 coronavirus cases till date. Karnataka has so far reported 15 cases.