Maharashtra Extends Statewide Lockdown Till July 31 as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise

The Maharashtra government on Monday announced that the entire state will remain under lockdown till July 31 to curb the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Maharashtra, with more than 1.64 lakh novel coronavirus cases, is the worst hit state in the country.

Under the extended lockdown, the government has empowered district collectors and municipal commissioners to impose restrictions on non-essential activities.

The government said movement of people for non-essential activities like shopping and outdoor exercise will be restricted in neighbourhood areas.

The announcement comes a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made it clear the lockdown will not be lifted after June 30, when the continuing phase ends.

Thackeray on Sunday had urged the people to not become carefree. "If we behave that way, then coronavirus is awaiting us. Please don't leave homes if there is no urgent work. Locals have started working and in rural areas, movement has started. The farmers are working relentlessly. Marathwada, Vidarabha have raised several complaints about bogus seeds. It is unfortunate and strict action will be taken in this matter,” he had said.