Due to the obvious rebound trend of the recent epidemic in India, Maharashtra, India’s worst-hit state, will start to impose stricter restrictions from April 5.
According to the new regulations, a curfew is imposed from 20 o’clock to 7 a.m. the next day during the working day throughout Maharashtra. Between 20 o’clock every Friday and 7 a.m. next Monday, there will also be a “weekend lockdown”, which is not allowed to go out except for necessary activities such as purchasing necessities and seeking medical treatment.
In addition, gathering activities of five people and more people are prohibited throughout the day; restaurants can only provide take-out, and only shops selling necessities in shopping malls are allowed to open; religious places, gyms, parks, cinemas, etc. will remain closed. The attendance rate of public transportation is also limited. The government department will operate at a 50% of the population, while the private sector will be required to work from home. The relevant restrictions will last until April 30.
As of the morning of April 5th local time, in the past 24 hours, Maharashtra has added 57,074 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, accounting for more than half of the total number of confirmed cases in India on that day, and breaking the highest record for a single day since the outbreak of the epidemic.