A decision to implement these restrictions was taken during the special meeting of the council of ministers chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray through video-conferencing on Sunday.
Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a weekend lockdown and night curfew during the weekdays from Monday to April 30, in addition to a slew of other restrictions like closure of private offices, theatres and salons to curb the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.
The weekend lockdown will start from 8 pm on Fridays and last till 7 am on Mondays. Besides, prohibitory orders will be in force during daytime on weekdays, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.
Maharashtra had recorded its highest rise in the number of cases in a day after September 17, 2020, when it had added 24,619 infections, only the day earlier on April 3 with the addition of 49,447 cases.
The overall tally of cases in Maharashtra now stands at 30,10,597 while the death toll is 55,878, it said.
Mumbai city also registered the record single-day rise of 11,206 cases on Sunday.
BJP supports govt’s decision to impose lockdown. People should abide by restrictions & follow COVID protocols. To ensure maximum vaccination, BJP workers would help people register and reach vaccination centers: Former Maharashtra CM & BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.
Four Maharashtra ministers Ajit Pawar, Peaceful Aslam, Peaceful Nawab & Rajesh Tope spoke to media independently in last 90 minutes. All four gave contradictory information regarding Lockdown in the state.