Coronavirus outbreak: Bandra, Juhu, and Dadar streets go empty as coronavirus fear grips Mumbai

Updated: 21 March, 2020 12:22 IST | Sunny Rodricks
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    Life seems to have come to a standstill in Mumbai - a city that never sleeps amid the outbreak of the global pandemic - Coronavirus. While the number of positive cases in Indian have crossed the 200 mark figure, Mumbai - the financial capital of the country seems to be facing a partial lock-down with shops, establishments and educational institutions ordered to remain shut till March 31 by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

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    The Gateway of India in South Mumbai wears a deserted look. Pic: Suresh KK

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    Empty streets around Mumbai's iconic Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba. Pic: Suresh KK

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    While Maharashtra has reported the highest number of positive cases (52) of coronavirus in the country, Mumbai alone has a number of positive cases with eight people testing positive from the peripheral areas of the maximum city.

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    While addressing the state on Friday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that all private offices in Mumbai, MMR Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur will remain closed till March 31. He also urged employers to pay at least minimum wages to employees of establishments that shall remain closed during this period.

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    Popular areas of Mumbai including Bandra, Dadar, Fort, CSMT, Santacruz, and Juhu painted a deserted looks as Mumbaikars across the city have been gripped with the fear. From wearing face masks to washing hands regularly and maintaining social distancing, Mumbaikars are taking every precaution to make sure the city doesn't enter the stage three of coronavirus, which is the most crucial phase of the transmission of COVID-19.

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    In photo: A vendor entertains a customer as Santacruz station market sees a drop in the number of customers coming out to buy vegetables.

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    Popular places such as Juhu Beach, Hare Krishna Hare Rama temple, Dadar market, Haji Ali dargah, IIT-Bombay, Film City, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, APMC market among others have been shut amidst the outbreak of the global pandemic.

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    In photo: Police personnel snapped with face mask as Santacruz, a suburban railway station sees a low footfall of commuters travelling by Mumbai local trains.

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    The country's richest civic body, on Friday decided that shops on busy roads across the city will be open only on alternate days till March 31, in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. A total of 92 markets of the BMC with around 17,000 shops will be closed till March 31, as per the order from the Market Department of the civic corporation.

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    On the other hand, Mumbai's lifeline, local trains also seem to have been adversely affected due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The number of passengers travelling in local trains and BEST buses has seen a steady decline ever since the number of positive cases has been rise in the city. A fall of about 10 lakh passengers on an average per day has been reported in Mumbai.

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    In photo: A man working at a mosque in South Mumbai checks people for thermal temperature as they come to offer their Friday prayers.

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    Over the course of three days, Mumbai saw a footfall in the number of people moving out of their houses, be it either for work, shopping or entertainment. From Dadar's flower market to Bandra's bustling linking road; from crawford market in South Mumbai to hundreds of shops down with shutters at CSMT subway, Mumbai has been brought to a standstill due to coronavirus.

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    Such has been the global pandemic's impact that Mumbai's famed dabbawala have also suspended their tiffin courier services from March 20-31 in midst of the coronavirus fear. Hoping the situation will become better in the days to come, the Mumbai Dabbawala Association said that they might resume services by April 1.

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    In photo: Hundreds of shops at South Mumbai's Crawford market down their shutters.

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    Citizens across Mumbai came up with their own unique way to fight the outbreak of the contagious pandemic. Young and old, people across different walks of life were seen sporting different face masks to save themselves from the spread of coronavirus.

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    Nearly a week ago, BMC chief Praveen Pardeshi wrote a letter to Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh urging him to take strict action against those spreading rumours about the novel coronavirus outbreak. In his letter, Pardeshi said that rumours spread on social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook etc, may lead to panic among the citizens. The BMC chief asked the city commissioner to take action under Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act 2005.

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    In photo: Couples snapped at Bandra Bandstand amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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About The Gallery

A number of cases have been reported from Mumbai with Maharashtra topping the charts across the country. From Fort and CSMT in South Mumbai to Bandra, Santacruz and Juhu in the suburbs, Mumbai has been brought to a standstill with every nook and corner of the city painting a deserted look.

(All photos: mid-day photographers)

First Published: 21 March, 2020 08:20 IST