Lockdown 4.0 begins as Maharashtra aims to keep Mumbai cases under 50,000 by May end

Updated: May 18, 2020, 09:39 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    India on Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown for two more weeks with the fourth phase providing more relaxations outside the containment zones including inter-state movement of buses with mutual consent of states.

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    Easing more curbs to step up economic activity, the new guidelines for lockdown 4.0 unveiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) till May 31 allowed shops and markets including barber shops, salons and spas except those in conaminated zones to open with staggered timings. 

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    E-commerce companies have also been permitted to deliver all goods, including those considered non-essential.

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    However, the night curfew will remain which meant that all non-essential travel will remain prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am and authorities will ensure strict compliance, the MHA said.

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    As the country recorded the highest single day spike of 4,987 new cases, the states were allowed to demarcate the red, green and orange zones depending upon COVID-19 case load, a demand made by chief ministers of several states and union territories.

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    Railways on Sunday said only Shramik Specials, other special trains, and parcel and freight services will operate during the fourth phase of lockdown, beginning on May 18.

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    Maharashtra posted its highest single day surge till date with the state reporting 2,347 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday as the cumulative tally crossed the 33,000

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    Mumbai, where the tally of cases reached 20,150 on Sunday, is expected to be under strict lockdown but with certain relaxations beyond Containment Zones' perimeters.

     

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    Dharavi in Mumbai crossed the 1200-mark when it reported 44 new cases on Sunday. Total number of cases are now 1242. Dharavi also reported three deaths, pushing the tally to 56.

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    A Mumbai police additional commissioner was quarantined as a precautionary measure after his reader tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an official said on Sunday.

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    Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday supported the Mumbai civic body's move to take over some premises of the Wankhede stadium for converting it into a Covid-19 quarantine facility, and suggested making a similar facility at the Brabourne stadium.

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    However, Maharashtra Cabinet minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray opposed Raut's suggestion, saying grounds of stadiums have mud base and they won't be usable during monsoons.

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    Maharashtra reported 63 deaths taking the toll up to 1,198 cases. State health officials said that 38 of these deaths were from Mumbai, nine from Pune, six from Aurangabad, three from Solapur, three from Raigad and one each from Thane, Panvel, Latur and Amravati.

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    Using hashtag #lastnormalphoto, netizens are tweeting some of the last “normal” things they clicked before the lockdown. From going out for movies, visiting a beach to eating food at a restaurant, Twitter is flooded with photographs of netizens taking a trip down memory lane.

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    Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made life easier for businesses struggling to deal with the side-effects of Covid. As part of the fifth tranche, the government suspended the bankruptcy code for a year.

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    She also announced that the Centre has allocated an additional amount of Rs 40 thousand crores under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

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    Authorities in Maharashtra have released over 7,200 prisoners so far to check overcrowding in jails amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Sunday.

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    The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 4.7 million, while the death toll has surpassed 315,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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About The Gallery

As the country recorded highest single-day spike in new cases of Coronavirus, the Centre extended nationwide lockdown till May 31. While Mumbai reported 1,595 new cases, Maharashtra had 2,347 new cases taking its total count up to 33,053.

All pictures: Ashish Raje, Atul Kamble, Bipin Kokate, Satej Shinde, Shadab Khan