On Thursday, The Maharashtra Government announced the extension of the current lockdown till November 30. The decision has been taken as the COVID-19 infection cases continue to rise in the state.
As per the order, under the state government’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ plan, the relaxation of activities issued earlier in the month of October will remain in force and will be continued till the end of November.
The Government of Maharashtra has already allowed restaurants, hotels, food chains, bars to function at half of their capacity on the beginning of this month. Although educational institutions, colleges, schools and coaching centers are not still not permitted to function at all.
The order mentioned that the state is convinced about a significant threat of COVID-19 still looming and the government has exercised it’s power to continue the lockdown under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and all enabling provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Even though the overall total infection count of the country is following a declining curve, Maharashtra persists to be the most-affected state by this deadly virus. As of now, Maharashtra has 130,286 active cases of COVID-19. The number of fatalities in the state has also been the most as the current number of deaths stands at 43,554.
The state has recently sought recommendations from the Central and Western Railways to allow the resumption of local trains for general public, as suggested by a leaked confidential letter. In the letter, the state mentioned the plan to resume local train services for all in a phased manner to avoid overcrowding and violation of social-distancing norms. The state has allotted specific time slots for normal people and essential service workers to avoid hassle-free travel.