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Maharashtra extends lockdown till Aug 31 in view of rising Coronavirus cases

The notification said that as part of the State Government's Mission Begin Again initiative, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 AM and 7 PM from 5th of August

Maharashtra Government has extended the lockdown in the entire state till 31st of August in view of rising Coronavirus cases. A notification issued by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar said, the decision was taken as an emergency step to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19.

The notification said that as part of the State Government’s Mission Begin Again initiative, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 AM and 7 PM from 5th of August. It said that large public gatherings and congregations will continue to remain prohibited and marriage-related gatherings will have only up to 50 guests. The maximum number of persons allowed at funerals will be 20.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed officials not to let their guard down and ramp up tracing COVID-19 patients and their contacts.

CM Thackeray told a Cabinet meeting that just lockdown is not important, but tracing of Cod -19 patients and their contacts should be the focus.He added that all municipalities across the state need to follow the rules strictly.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s COVID-19 case count has crossed the four lakh-mark in the last 24 hours. State Health Secretary Pradeep Vyas has informed that COVID-19 mortality rate in Maharashtra now stands at 3.62 per cent while the case doubling rate is 27 days, which has improved to 70 days in Mumbai.

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