Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, 13 April, announced that Section 144 will be imposed in the state from Wednesday for 15 days, amid a massive surge in coronavirus infections in the state.
"We are imposing strict restrictions which will come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow," he said.
Public transport, including local train and bus services, will not be shut, but used for for essential services only. Air services, taxis and autos will also remain functional.
Petrol pumps, banks, telephone companies, e-commerce companies, journalists, security services, among others, will continue to work.
However, restaurants will remain shut, with only take-away and home deliveries allowed. Street food vendors can function but cannot have people standing in front of them, Thackeray announced.
‘Healthcare Infrastructure Under Pressure’
In his address, Thackeray said that he will request PM Narendra Modi to provide the assistance of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the supply of oxygen for medical use from nearby states.
Thackeray said the healthcare infrastructure in the state is under pressure.
"We are continuously upgrading our healthcare infrastructure but it is under pressure. There is a shortage of medical oxygen, beds and the demand for Remdesivir has also increased," he was quoted as saying.
Tests have been increased from 85,000 to 2 lakhs per day and beds have been increased to 3 lakhs, he said.
"This Gudi Padwa will mark the beginning of COVID-mukt Maharashtra," he said.
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 60,212 new coronavirus cases.
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