Mumbai : The positive cases of Coronavirus in the state have crossed 4.5 lakh, with over one-fourth from the state capital, Mumbai.
According to the state health ministry sources, Maharashtra has 4, 50,196 infections and 15,842 deaths; at least 1, 47,018 people are being treated for the disease. Mumbai has 1, 17,406 cases and 6,493 deaths.
Maharashtra has begun opening up with new guidelines easing restrictions and permitting activities under its ‘Mission Begin Again’ after it shows signs of stabilisation in its active cases.
As per the state government new guidelines from August 5, all shops will be allowed to open every day, and on both sides of the road, from 9 am to 7 pm. Till now, only non-essential and standalone shops were allowed on one side of the road on odd days, while those on the other side were open for business on even days.
Besides, Liquor shops can commence sales in Mumbai from tomorrow as well. Also, malls have been permitted to reopen, but restaurants, food courts and theatres will remain closed. The civic body, however, restricted the movement of people for non-essential activities, like shopping and outdoor exercise, to their neighbourhoods.
Meanwhile, there were 1,998 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Pune in last 24 hours, taking the city’s tally to 92,880. With an additional 45 deaths, the toll rose to 2,129. Of the 1,998 cases, 781 were reported from Pune Municipal Corporation limits (the city), which now has 58,304 cases. With 748 cases, Pimpri-Chinchwad’s COVID-19 count now stands at 23,682. The night curfew in the city has been lifted. Imposing strict norms in containment zones will remain the key focus for the civic authorities.