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Coronavirus Pandemic: Section 144 in Mumbai as Coronavirus cases rise over 70 in Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray has announced that Section 144 of CrPC will be imposed in all urban areas from Monday (March 23, 2020). 

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As the number of Coronavirus cases rises to 73 in Maharashtra, Chief Minister of the state, Uddhav Thackeray has announced that Section 144 of CrPC will be imposed in all urban areas in Maharashtra from Monday (March 23, 2020).

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“I would like to request everyone to continue Janata Curfew till tomorrow morning,” said Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. Looking at the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray said, “I have no option left but to apply Section 144 in Maharashtra.”

“Maharashtra has entered into a very sensitive & important phase of Coronavirus pandemic. So I urge people to take all precautions in the fight against this virus,” Thackeray said.

“The percentage of employees working in govt offices has been brought down to five per cent from 25 per cent. Only the people discharging essential duties will be allowed to use public transport till March 31,” Thackeray said.

In order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Mumbai, Western Railways has cancelled Mumbai Suburban train services till March 31. “Kindly note that Mumbai Suburban services of Western Railway will not be run from 24.00 hrs of 23/03/2020 ie from the midnight of 22/03/2020 till the midnight of 31/03/2020,” Western Railway tweeted.

“All essential services including banks & share market will remain open on Monday. No flights outside of India will be allowed to land in Mumbai,” Uddhav Thackeray added.

“Intercity bus services will remain suspended in Maharashtra till March 31. However, BEST buses will ply on the roads of Mumbai for people involved in essential services. All essential services including banks & share market will remain open,” said Maharashtra CM.

According to reports, the total number of Coronavirus cases in India has surged to 341 and five of the 10 people who were tested positive for the COVID-19 in Maharashtra on Sunday got the infection through local transmission, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

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