Coronavirus Outbreak: Mumbai's streets crowded amid lockdown orders, people stock up

Updated: Mar 24, 2020, 08:27 | Jonita Colaco
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    A day after the Janata Curfew, Mumbai's streets were partially crowded with people flocking to stock up groceries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to urge people to take the lockdown seriously and asked states to ensure that all laws are followed. 

    In photo: People gather at a store in Kurla. 

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    Maharashtra Housing Minister and senior NCP leader Jitendra Awhad on Monday said people were not following social distancing or lockdown rules properly and asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to clamp curfew in more areas in the state to effectively tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak.

    In photo: People collect cooking gas from the road, as offices are shut, in Wadala. 

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    Several major cities in the state, including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Thane, are under partial lockdown with only essential services being exempted.

    In photo: A vendor stands with vegetables in Borivli.

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    Awhad, MLA from Mumbra Kalwa in Thane district, said he toured his area on Monday and found a lot of people and vehicles out on the streets. The total number of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra rose to 89 with 15 more coronavirus positive cases reported in the last 24 hours. 

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    Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said there is no community spread of novel coronavirus right now and there are a total 89 reported positive cases of the disease in the state so far. 

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    "I want to make it very clear that we have not entered the community spread phase. There are a total of 89 positive coronavirus cases in the state including 14 new cases in Mumbai and 1 in Pune. 8 people have contact history and 6 are with travel history," Tope told reporters here in a press conference.

    In photo: People wait for public transport at CSMT. 

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    The local and outstation train services have been suspended till March 31, but the government is running buses for those working in essential and emergency services, officials said on Monday.

    In photo: Cops keeping a check on those travelling by BEST. 

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    Suburban trains are considered as the lifeline of Mumbai as over 80 lakh people travel in them everyday. The Central Railway and the Western Railway operate over 3,000 services on suburban routes daily.

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    Nearly 43 lakh people travel by local trains of the Central Railway while 39 lakh people take the Western Railway's suburban services everyday.

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    "All the suburban services have been stopped from Sunday midnight till March 31," a railway spokesperson said. However, services of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's BEST buses are operating on various routes in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

    In photo: Barricades put at Andheri Railway station. 

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    "We have operated nearly 1,940 buses till 10 am on Monday," a BEST spokesperson said. The Railway Board on Sunday afternoon decided to suspend suburban services along with all other passenger trains to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the city and other parts of the country. This is the first time in past several decades that suburban trains have been stopped.

    In photo: Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

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    Earlier in 1974, the suburban and long distance train services were stopped for around 20 days due to trade union strike.

    In photo: A worker cleans up the windows at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

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    On Sunday, the railway authorities decided to suspend all the long distance passengers train services. The suburban trains in Mumbai ran on Sunday at lesser frequency and only people working with emergency and essential services were allowed to travel.

    In photo: Clean up activity on at LTT

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    With 14 new cases found in the past 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 patients increased to 38 in Mumbai on Monday, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The Mumbai suburban network spreads from Churchgate to Dahanu on the Western Railway route and from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Kasara and Khopoli on the Central Railway's main line.

    In photo: A train halted at Borivli Railway station. 

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    The Central Railway also runs services from CSMT to Mahim and Panvel on the Harbour line, from Thane to Vashi and Panvel on the Trans-Harbour line and also operates the Belapur-Seawood-Kharkopar line.

    In photo: Mumbai police taking precautions during a nakabandi at Sion. 

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    On Monday, curfew was imposed in Maharashtra after people defied section 144 rules.

    in photo: Mumbai police conduct a nakabandi at Matunga. 

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    Buses parked at a depot, as only limited BEST services are operational. 

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A day after the successful Janata curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked state governments to ensure rules of lockdown are followed properly and called on citizens to take the issue seriously. "Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself by doing this, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to ensure the rules and laws are followed," Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and wrote. Later on Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray decalred a curfew in Maharashtra. 

(All photos: Sameer Markande, Pradeep Dhivar, Suresh Karkera, Nimesh Dave, Sameer Abedi, Ashish Raje, Satej Shinde, Shadab Khan/mid-day photographers)