Maharashtra, the worst-hit Indian state by the pandemic, was under strict lockdown since April this year. In an attempt to battle the menacing second wave and to break the chain of transmission, stringent restrictive rules were implemented. As a result, come June, the numbers have now receded considerably. Here’s more on Maharashtra unlock news. By Presha Mahajan
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Maharashtra Unlock News
In view of ebbing cases, the Maharashtra government has announced a five-level strategy to unlock. Although still under consideration, the extent of relaxation of the unlock will differ across districts, based on parameters such as the severity of COVID-19 rates, oxygen bed occupancy, and the capacity and condition of the medical infrastructures. It is likely to be brought into effect from today.
“We have prepared a five-level unlock plan for the state on the basis of positivity rate and status of occupancy of oxygen beds in the districts. Districts with the lowest positivity rate will have no restrictions,” Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said to Hindustan Times.
For unlocking, the 36 districts of the state are going to be divided into five levels. The 18 districts that fall under the first level—Thane, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Latur, Jalna and Bhandara to name a few—have less than five per cent Coronavirus case positivity, and will see an almost complete reopening with places like malls, gyms, weddings, restaurants and more permitted to start functioning again.
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Level two districts, however, will witness a partial unlocking. Although Section 144 will still be in effect; malls, gyms and other public places will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent occupancy. However, local trains will not be allowed to run until the districts move up to the first level. Mumbai, Amravati, Hingoli, and Nandurbar fall under this category.
Districts in levels three, four and five—or the Red Zone Districts—will remain completely shut. This list is tentative, and all the districts will be monitored and reviewed every week, wherein amendments to their levels will be made based on the situation.
Notably, curbs and curfews have not been lifted in any of the districts yet. However, some earlier restrictions have been relaxed in districts with less than 10 per cent COVID-19 rates. Here, outlets selling essential items are now allowed to remain open till 02:00 pm (instead of 11:00 am) and delivery of non-essential items is also permitted.
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