Coronavirus Pandemic | Section 144 Imposed In Delhi (Photo Credit: File Image)
With a view to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the national capital, section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in Delhi with effect from 9 pm of March 22 to 12 midnight of March 31. Earlier today, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government also ordered imposition section 144 across the state. It is to be noted that section 144 in Maharashtra will be imposed starting March 22 midnight (from 12 AM tonight).
During a press conference in Mumbai, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that the state has entered into a very sensitive and important phase of Coronavirus Pandemic. He also urged people to take all precautions in the fight against COVID-19.
He further stated that all trains and buses in the state will be stopped after the imposition of Section 144. However, he clarified that banks, essential services, and stock exchanges will remain open. The Chief Minister also noted that only 5 per cent of employees will work in government offices and requested others to work from home. The chief minister has also banned the landing of all international flights in Maharashtra.
“I would like to request everyone to continue Janata Curfew till tomorrow morning. Number of cases has increased considerably. I have no option left but to apply Section 144 in Maharashtra. No flights outside of India will be allowed to land in Mumbai,” the Maharashtra CM said.
Meanwhile, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) suspended manufacturing operations at its plants in Maharashtra to ensure employee safety and contain the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier today, Indian Railways announced the suspension of Mumbai’s local trains till March 31, 2020. The local train services in Mumbai will remain suspended from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight.
The total number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra has risen to 74 with 10 more positive cases reported in the last 24 hours. On Saturday, a 63-year-old patient lost his life in a private hospital in Mumbai. The patient had a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and ischemic heart disease. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome. Importantly, this is a second death reported in Maharashtra due to coronavirus.
The death count in India has reached 6 due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Whereas, the positive cases for coronavirus in India has reached to 324.
It is worth mentioning here that the novel coronavirus, which originated in China, has claimed thousands of lives across the world. With no known cure so far for the coronavirus, the deadly disease has become a major issue for the entire world.