Health Politics

Maharashtra Announces A New Night Curfew Until 5th Jan - The Fight Is Not Over

Maharahtra Uddhav Thackeray
Shrirampur, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Before understanding the night curfew newly imposed by the Maharashtra government, here is a brief set of statistics on the state of the coronavirus in India - 

As of 21st December 2020, 10:30 pm IST; India is currently dealing with 10,055,560 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 303,639 cases are currently active in the country. Whilst 9,606,111 patients have recovered from the virus, 145,810 deaths have occurred. 

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in India despite the implementation of strict lockdown and social distancing rules. Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu continue to remain the worst affected states by the pandemic. 

With the new coronavirus variant being found in the UK causing general panic around the globe, the Maharashtra government has organised a strict night curfew in all the municipal corporation areas, from Tuesday (22nd December), for the next 14 days i.e. 5th January 2021. The night curfew is from 11 pm to 6 am in Mumbai as well as other large cities around the state. 

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, after chairing a meeting with state health officials and the BMC commissioner announced, More precautions are being taken in the state and we have to be more vigilant for the next 15 days. 

From midnight on 22nd December, all flights incoming from the UK will be banned. Passengers flying in from other European countries as well as some parts of the Middle East, will be put under a strict 14-day institutional quarantine, or home isolation period. 

On Sunday, Chief Minister Thackeray had cautioned the people of the state that the coronavirus threat was still very much there and asked people to follow all COVID-19 preventive guidelines.“Let me say this again, the threat of Corona is yet to pass. To avoid the virus, do not let your guard down, do not crowd in public places, mask up, observe physical distance and keep washing hands,” the CMO wrote on his Twitter handle.