Mumbai may face lockdown is covid situation worsens, says mayor Kishori Pednekar

New Delhi: The recent surge in coronavirus cases that the country has witnessed for past few weeks continues to pose threat. Maharashtra, which is country’s worst hit state by the pandemic, has also emerged as the top contributor in the recent surge. Amid this, the state government is considering imposing restrictions in capital city Mumbai which has been reporting record cases in recent past. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Friday hinted that a possible lockdown might come into force in the city if the situation continues to grow worrisome. The measures to curb the situation is in full swing and the number of beds has been increased, Pendnekar said. 

She further added that in the view of the surge, the hotels could be asked to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity, while religious places might remain shut. Private offices, too, could face restrictions. 

“There may be stringent restrictions from April 2 – hotels with 50 per cent capacity, religious places may be completely closed. Similarly, theatres, cinemas all can be closed. Entry of passengers other than essential service staff may be stopped once again in local trains,” she said.

In an attempt to curb the surge, the state government has already imposed a night curfew. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, there are 80 active zones, where 650 buildings have been sealed.

Mumbai had reported 8,646 new coronavirus case on Thursday, the highest one day rise since the emergence of the novel virus in the country. With the new addition, the country’s overall caseload has reached 4,23,36. In the same time, 18 people died, taking the total fatality toll to 11,704.  

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