The Maharashtra government has decided to keep all shops closed on Sunday – Ganesh Visarjan’s Day – in Pune City, Pune Cantonment and rural areas of the district, Chief Deputy Minister Ajit Pawar said.
However, he said all restaurants and hotels will remain open. Other essential services were also exempted from the restriction.
Covid situation in the state
The new restrictions come from Maharashtra on Thursday, reporting 3,595 new cases of coronavirus and 45 deaths, bringing its number of infections to 65,11,525 and the death toll to 1,38,322, the news agency reported PTI.
As many as 3,240 patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the number of recovered cases to 63,20,310. There are 49,342 active cases in the state.
There are 2,89,425 people in home quarantine and 1,908 in institutional quarantine. Maharashtra’s Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 97.06%, while the fatality rate is 2.12%.
Maharashtra, the country’s second most affected state by the coronavirus, has five districts that have contributed to 70% of Covid cases in the state over the past week. The five districts include – Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Sangli and Satara.
Maharashtra government guidelines for Ganeshotsav
The Maharashtra government earlier this month banned physical darshan for the Ganesh festival and said people would not be allowed to visit Ganesh pandals. Only online broadcasting of “darshan” from pandals would be permitted.
The decision was made to discourage people from venturing out and exposing themselves to Covid-19.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said: “We can celebrate the festivals later. Let us give priority to the life and health of our citizens. The situation can get out of hand given the peak in daily cases. “
“Who would want to put restrictions on festivals and religious programs? But people’s lives are important,” he said.
Thackeray said residents and the government should work to avoid a third wave of Covid-19.
The chief minister also said clear instructions had been given to officials to be fully prepared for such a crisis. He called on the ruling parties and the opposition to be more careful and vigilant.
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