COVID-19: Mumbaikars, prepare for lockdown 2.0 as BMC plans red and orange zones across city

Updated: Apr 16, 2020, 10:42 | Sunny Rodricks
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    While 36 patients were discharged on Wednesday, Maharashtra has reported 187 deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of the day, the number of India's COVID-19 cases stood at 11,933 as the government's guidelines made face masks compulsory at all workplaces and public areas.

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    In order to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai, the civic body is planning to come up with red and orange zones across the city to mark containment zones for stricter implementation of the extended lockdown. Although the plan is still in the pipeline, areas with a high number of positive cases of COVID-19 will be put in the red zone and will have no external essential service providers.

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    After a police officer residing in Naigaon police colony tested positive, four police personnel from Thane city tested positive for coronavirus while 29 other police personnel from the Mumbra police station have been forced into quarantine. Crime Branch officers and Kalwa police station personnel have been tasked with managing the police station currently.

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    In photo: People follow social distancing as they stand in a long queue to withdraw money from an ATM.

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    Since its first run on April 16, 1853, it would be for the first time in history that the Indian Railways will not be able to run any passenger trains on its birthday due to the lockdown. Although they aren't able to run passenger trains, the Indian Railway workshops are churning out medical equipment, isolation coaches and are turning their buildings into quarantine centres, to help the country fight the coronavirus crisis.

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    The Railways has decided to produce over 30,000 Personal Protective Equipment coveralls in April in order to help the country fight the spread of the coronavirus. The Railways also plans to manufacture 1,00,000 PPE kits in May 2020 for medical and health-care personnel who are directly exposed to the COVID-19 virus when working amongst infected patients.

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    In photo: Residents of a housing society follow social distancing while buying vegetables in Sion.

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    The Mumbai police have tightened up their sleeves in order to maintain lockdown in the city. The police will be surveying the city from the skies by using five drones which are equipped with cameras, loudspeakers and lights for nighttime operations in order to monitor lockdown across the city. The drone footage will be monitored by the control room and those who defy lockdown orders will face legal action.

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    On Day 1 of Lockdown 2.0, a BEST bus employee lost his life due to the coronavirus while five more COVID-19 cases were reported from Dharavi, thereby taking the tally of coronavirus cases in the locality to 60. On the other hand, five more deaths due to coronavirus were reported from Pune and two more nurses of Sassoon Hospital tested positive for the coronavirus.

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    In photo: A police officer warns a biker travelling without any purpose at Mumbai Central amid lockdown.

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    In a shocking incident, a 35-year-old priest allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside the temple premises as he was unable to go to his native place after Prime Minister announced the extension of the lockdown till May 3. In another incident, a 29-year-old woman committed suicide at Nayar Hospital after she tested positive for coronavirus. The woman, a resident of Jijamata Nagar, Worli, was admitted in Nayar Hospital when she was tested positive.

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    A mobile ATM van is helping people residing in the 381 containment zones across the city to withdraw cash in coordination with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the police. The mobile ATM van, which has been started by a leading bank, covers 3 to 5 areas of Mumbai between 10 am to 6 pm and comes in handy for those who are looking forward to withdrawing cash amid lockdown in the city.

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    In photo: The beautiful sunset captured by mid-day lens man at Haji Ali Dargah in South Mumbai amid lockdown.

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    In a first of its kind, a man who recovered from the coronavirus nearly three weeks ago became the first person in Maharashtra to donate his blood for a study of using convalescent plasma to treat the pandemic. The samples of the patients' blood were taken in BYL Nair Hospital and therapy will be carried out at Kasturba Hospital.

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    In photo: A fisherman snapped while fishing at the Arabian sea at Girgaon Chowpatty in South Mumbai amid coronavirus crisis.

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    Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi urged the Central government to bring back Indian workers stranded in the Middle East due to the COVID-19 crisis. Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said that thousands of Indian workers are in deep distress and are desperate to return home. He requested the government to organise flights to bring them back home with quarantine plans in place.

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    On Wednesday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that Maharashtra and Karnataka are in a bit of trouble due to spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. He also said that around 400 districts in India are free from coronavirus, however, he warned that the next 2-3 weeks are going to be most crucial in handling the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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    In photo: A medical professionals helps her colleague wear the PPE kit before they begin door to door testing amid lockdown in Mumbai.

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Day 1 of the 19-day extended lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw India cross the 12,000-mark as Maharashtra reported 232 fresh cases of COVID-19 with nine deaths taking place across the state. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the next 2-3 weeks are going to be very crucial in handling the coronavirus crisis. (All photo/mid-day photographers)