Coronavirus Maharashtra Lockdown, Covid Cases in India, Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker Highlights April 13: Delhi reports 13,500 new infections; Maharashtra health minister tells people to be mentally ready for lockdown; UP, Karnataka rule out hard lockdown
Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are among 10 states that are accounting more than 80% of the total caseload in India. (PTI photo)
Coronavirus India Lockdown Highlights: Lockdown-like strict restrictions will be imposed in Maharastra from tomorrow 8 pm. There will be a state-wide curfew in the state while essential services will be allowed, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said today. Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes will be closed in the state. Shooting for films, serial, ads will be closed. All shops, malls, shopping centres not performing essential services to also remain closed from 8pm, 14th Apr till 7am, 1st May, Maharashtra Government said.
There will be strict restrictions in the state which will come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said. All establishments, public places, activities to remain closed. Essential services exempted, their operations to be unrestricted. Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel/ restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed, Maharashtra CM said. All places of worship, schools and colleges, private coaching classes, barbershops, spas, salons and beauty parlours will remain closed from tomorrow till 7am on 1st May.
The ugly reality of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit home as India overtook Brazil to become the second worst-hit nation in the world. India has arrived at this grim milestone as states are reporting a high caseload day after day. While Maharashtra continues to be the most affected state in India at the moment, other states have also shown a disturbing rise in the cases. In terms of metro cities, by Monday evening, Delhi had recorded over 11,000 cases. This caseload is far worse than Mumbai.
Photos of migrants have started appearing on news channels and social media confirming the worst fears of many. As Maharashtra contemplate hard lockdown, people have started migrating to their hometowns. Many have said that while the picture may not be as bad as what we saw in 2020, things still look very bleak. Migrants have been seen at the railway stations, bus stops in Maharashtra, Delhi and other states moving back to their villages.
Maharashtra COVID19 guidelines: All establishments, public places, activities to remain closed. Essential services exempted, their operations to be unrestricted.
While the health infrastructure cries for help, the government has approved another corona vaccine. Russia’s Sputnik V will be available soon, reports say. As health experts say that people must be dissuaded from gathering in large numbers, Uttarakhand is hosting one of the largest religious congregation on the Earth – Kumbh Mela 2021. The Indian Express reports that on Monday on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya’s ‘Shahi Snan’, over 28 lakh people visited the Mela site to take the holy dip! Similar huge numbers were seen in the election rallies in West Bengal with many political parties flaunting the ‘huge support’ on social media.
While there is no official word on the link between the ‘double mutant strain’ and the fresh Covid surge, reports suggest that it is increasingly becoming difficult to detect the strain even by the RT-PCR test. The ICMR need to do more research on this to bring any conclusive evidence about this.
As the world battles the second wave, here are the latest updates on the corona lockdown, restrictions and other breakthrough studies from India and across the globe:
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