Section 144 imposed in Mumbai and Pune as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

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Mumbai : Amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the state capital, Mumbai, the police on Thursday imposed restrictions on the movement and gathering in the city due to rising COVID-19 cases from midnight that is starting September 18.

Issuing a prohibitory order under section 144 of the CrPC, the Metro police said, “Mumbai city continues to be threatened with the spread of COVID-19, it is considered expedient to issue prohibitory order for restricting any presence or movement of one or more persons in public places or gathering of any sort anywhere, including religious places.” The DCP Operations has issued an order under Sec 144 CrPC, applicable in Mumbai city up to 30 September.

As per the order, movement of one person or more is prohibited except for the listed emergency and non-emergency services. The prohibitory orders are for restricting movement or gathering of people in areas under the control of the Commissioner of Police. The order says, “All movement of one or more persons in the areas designated as ‘Containment Zones’ by the Municipal Authorities is prohibited, except for essential activities, supply of essential goods and medical emergencies.”

According to the state health ministry sources, the city’s COVID-19 tally increased to 1, 75,886 with single-day additions to the tune of 2,300 cases. It was after a gap of 35 days that on Wednesday the city reported 50 deaths in a single day. Earlier, it had recorded the same number of fatalities on August 12.

The state government also imposed prohibitory order in Pune. The local police issued an order in this regard on Thursday. Meanwhile, the tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai’s slum-dominated Dharavi area rose to 2,975 with 15 new cases coming to light on Thursday. The area had recorded 15 new patients on Wednesday too.

As many as 2,557 patients from the area have already recovered from the infection while there are 146 active Covid-19 cases. Spread over 2.5 square kilometres and housing a population of over 6.5 lakh, Dharavi is known as Asia’s largest slum On the other hand, a record single-day increase of 97,894 infections pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to over 51-lakh. The union health ministry informed that the total coronavirus cases mounted to 51, 18,253, while the death toll climbed to 83,198 with the virus claiming 1,132 lives in a span of 24 hours.