Coronavirus Outbreak: Panic-buying at medical, grocery stores as country goes into lockdown

Updated: Mar 25, 2020, 09:00 | Sunny Rodricks
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    Amid the coronavirus outbreak, a partial lock-down was seen in Mumbai that brought the city to a standstill. But life came to a complete halt when Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray declared curfew in the state. He also said that Section 144 of CrPC would be imposed in the urban areas of the state. "We have been making repeated appeals, but they seem to have had no impact, so we are forced to implement curfew," Thackeray said in an address to the people of the state.

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    As soon as the curfew was declared, thousands of Mumbaikars across the city were seen taking to the streets of Mumbai on Tuesday morning to buy groceries, medical essentials and stock up on food. Besides implementing curfew, the state government also sealed state and districts borders in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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    In photo: People stand in line as they maintain social distance while buying household items from Sahakari Bhandar in Matunga.

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    Tuesday, which also marked the first full day of lockdown, thousands of people were seen making an attempt to flee from the city through roadways and railways. Dahisar Check Naka, Mulund Check Naka and other district border were sealed by the police personnel to stop the spread of coronavirus.

    In photo: Police stop vehicles during naka bandi at Dahisar Check Naka in order to avoid people's movement into Mumbai city.

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    Although section 144 was imposed all across the state, movements of vehicular traffic were reported at Mulund check naka, Chembur, Airoli and Sion-Panvel highway. Hundreds of people were seen roaming in several parts of the suburbs amid the lock-down in Mumbai.

    In photo: Police personnel can be seen requesting people to stay at home in Ghatkopar.

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    While the total number of positive cases in Maharashtra has crossed 00, the state has also witnessed four deaths due to the global pandemic coronavirus. A 65-year-old man became the fourth COVID-19 patient to die in the city on Tuesday. Civic officials said that the man had travelled to Dubai and landed in Ahemdabad on March 15. He came to Mumbai on March 20 after which his condition was worsened.

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    In photo: BMC officials and Mumbai police make announcements urging people to stay at home as hundreds of people thronged to the streets to buy vegetables at Shikha Nagar vegetable market at Girgaon.

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    With the state and especially the city witnessing a constant rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the country's richest civic body said that they have increased the number of laboratories to test the suspected patients and have also roped in more hospitals to set up quarantine and isolation facilities across the city.

    In photo: A parents snapped with their baby amidst coronavirus lock-down in the city.

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    At present, Mumbai has quarantine facilities at Kasturba Hospital, Bhabha Hospitals in Kurla and Bandra, Trauma Care hospital in Jogeshwari and Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. But, as the city continues to record more cases, the BMC has expanded quarantine facilities to Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri (East) and Municipal Capacity Building and Research Centre in Chandivli.

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    In the midst of the total lock-down in the city, heart touching stories of citizens helping Mumbai police to fight the spread of coronavirus has won many hearts. On Monday night, few residents of Kora Kendra in Borivli West presented a bags full of food and water to police officers who were maintaining law and order. While at Nana Chowk in South Mumbai, youngsters provided snacks and food the police personnel on duty amidst the curfew in the city.

    In photo: Tardeo bridge in South Mumbai paints a deserted look as hundreds of taxi's park on either side of the road.

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    In photo: Labourers carry essential items such as food to their shop near Null bazaar in South Mumbai.

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    In a shocking incident, the implementation of curfew brought about a loss of job to a man who was sacked after cops spotted him returning from work and raided the office. The man, working as a senior executive was sacked by his seniors for informing the cops about the workplace being open. The Powai resident's id card was snatched and he was abused by his seniors.

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    In photo: Mumbai police personnel pose with youngters of Nana Chowk South Mumbai who presented them with snacks and food while they were on duty.

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    The Unit 9 of Mumbai Crime branch of Bandra (West) seized face masks worth Rs 14 crore on Tuesday and arrested four people. Acting on a tip-off, the police team laid a trap and seized 2.75 lakh pieces of N95 masks. The four accused were arrested under relevant sections of the Essential Commodities Act with 25 lakh pieces of masks, which also included 2.75 lakh pieces of N-95 masks.

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    After the curfew was imposed by the state government, the prices of fruits, vegetables, meat, and other necessary commodities skyrocketed with hundreds of people thronging to vegetable markets, medicals shops and streets to buy essential commodities.

    In photo: A crowd gather outside a general store in Girgaon to buy basic essentials.

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    After imposing curfew in the state, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray took to Twitter to clarify what all were listed as essential goods and services. As per his tweet, the list entails banks, ATMs, essential goods such as food, pharmaceuticals, take away and home delivery restaurants etc as to be excluded from the lock-down.

    In photo: A man takes cooking gas with him on bike as gas agencies offices have been shut amidst the curfew in the state.

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    As the day came to an end, PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced a complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days. The nation-wide lockdown, which will start from 12 am tonight will go on for 21 days until April 14. He also urged people to pray for people such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, pathologists, ambulance drivers, ward boys who are working while putting their lives at risk.

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    In photo: People who are working as essential staff in hospitals and government bodies board a BEST bus to reach their workplace.

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    Artist Ramdas Kusher started to create awareness on coronavirus as he started writing 'Go Corona' on roads and walls in Powai, Mumbai.

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    Due to the total lockdown in the city which has let schools, and educational institutes to remain shut, Archit Patankar, a class V student of Kohinoor Introduction School was snapped by mid-day photographer taking part in online classes from his residence in Sion.

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    In photo: People step out of their houses in Sion in order to stock household items after PM Narendra Modi announced a three week nationwide lock-down.

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About The Gallery

After Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray announced a state-wide curfew to combat the spread of COVID-19, people across Mumbai were seen thronging the vegetable markets, general stores and medical shops in order to stock up on supply. While the police officials maintained law and order, the BMC raised awareness by making public announcements. From witnessing the fourth death due to coronavirus to youngsters aiding police with snacks and food, Mumbai saw it all. By the end of the day, Mumbai painted a chaotic picture as PM Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lock-down of 21 days with thousands of Mumbaikars in a state of frenzy.

(All Photos: mid-day photographers)