Coronavirus LIVE Updates: This can also be the fourth straight day of the nation seeing over 1.5 lakh recent COVID-19 infections and the eighth straight day of over one lakh circumstances
With the dying of 1,027 extra COVID-19 sufferers up to now 24 hours, the toll within the nation has elevated to 1,72,085 on Wednesday, stated the well being ministry. The fatality fee has risen to 1.24 %.
Reeling underneath an unprecedented COVID-19 wave, the Maharashtra authorities on Tuesday introduced
extreme, curfew-like restrictions on public motion over the subsequent 15 days throughout the state, saying the “war against coronavirus has begun once more,” because it flagged a scarcity of medical oxygen and hospital beds.
The “lockdown-like” restrictions, which exclude important providers, will come into impact from eight pm on 14 April and stay in pressure until 7 am on 1 May, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated in his handle by way of social media to folks of the state.
Section 144 of CrPC prohibiting meeting of 5 or extra folks at one spot might be in pressure through the interval, Thackeray stated however shunned terming the brand new curbs as lockdown.
The new norms entail stricter curbs on public actions to stem the an infection unfold and construct on the present weekend and night time curfew within the state.
Thackeray’s announcement of the brand new curbs got here on a day when Maharashtra recorded 60,212 recent coronavirus circumstances and 281 fatalities.
There is a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds and the demand for Remdesivir, a key COVID-19 drug, has elevated in Maharashtra, he stated, including the Centre ought to assist provide oxygen for coronavirus sufferers within the state through the use of Air Force planes.
There is a extreme pressure on Maharashtra’s well being infrastructure as a consequence of a spike in COVID-19 circumstances, he added.
Seeking to minimise the opposed influence of the curbs on a big inhabitants, the chief minister introduced a type of aid bundle.
The state authorities will present three kg wheat and two kg rice free for the subsequent one month to each poor and needy particular person, Thackeray stated.
He introduced a ban on the motion of individuals for non-essential works through the restriction interval.
All important providers, together with medical shops hospitals, provide of medicines, amongst others will stay
operational. The native transport may even perform for these concerned in important providers, he stated.
Thackeray made an emotional enchantment, searching for folks’s help for profitable implementation of the curbs.
“I appeal to people to help the state. I want to know whether people are on the side of coronavirus or the state that wishes to interrupt the chain of its unfold,” he stated.
A spread of different important providers may even stay out of the purview of the brand new curbs.
Services corresponding to vaccination, oxygen manufacturing, dwelling supply of meals, operation of e-commerce companies, work at building websites with residential facility and industrial actions, the place lodging or transportation of personnel is accessible, will stay unaffected, he stated.
All banking and monetary providers, the RBI and its affiliated places of work, insurance coverage places of work and pre-monsoon works will stay operational, he stated.
However, there might be an entire ban on spiritual, social, cultural and political features within the state until 1 May, he stated.
For political rallies throughout elections, no more than 200 folks can attend an occasion or 50 % of the seating capability of the corridor, Thackeray stated.
The variety of contributors at marriage and funeral was capped at 25 and 20, respectively.
Saloons, spas, colleges, schools, non-public teaching courses, seashores, golf equipment, swimming swimming pools, gyms, drama theatres and cinema halls will stay shut through the subsequent 15 days, the chief minister stated.
Though roadside eateries are allowed to function, consumers cannot eat meals on the road and solely take away might be accessible, stated Thackeray.
He introduced a bundle of Rs 5,476 crore for the poor whose earnings might be impacted.
He stated The Shiv Bhojan service of providing a meal at Rs 5 might be provided without cost through the interval. The state day by day feeds round two lakh folks. They will now get the meals without cost.”
“Similarly, under the Food Security Act, the registered beneficiaries will get three kg of wheat and two kg of rice for free. The period of this free food grain is for one month. There are seven crore registered beneficiaries,” he stated.
The 12 lakh registered building employees will get Rs 1,500 through the interval whereas license holding auto-rickshaw operators will get Rs 1,500. There are 12 lakh such auto-rickshaw drivers. Also, the registered hawkers will get Rs 2,500 throughout the identical interval as properly, he stated.
The variety of registered beneficiaries underneath varied state and central schemes such because the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar, Shravanbal and the Indira Gandhi National pension scheme within the state stood at 35 lakh, the chief minister stated.
They will get Rs 2,000 for the subsequent two months, he stated.
Also, 12 lakh Adivasi households will get Rs 2000 for a month as monetary help, Thackeray introduced.