Maharashtra Unlock: Mumbai, which got the situation fast under control during the second wave, has completely unlocked 18 districts including Thane, whereas local trains will remain shut.
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Maharashtra, the state hit worst by Covid, has decided on a 5-level unlock strategy amid a steady decline in the covid rates. The levels have been decided based on positivity rate and total oxygen bed occupancy and will vary from area to area, for instance, the ones which will face strictest restrictions and the ones that will enjoy the privileges of the lockdown being uplifted. Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation minister Vijay Waddettiwar told reporters, after a meeting of a State Disaster Management Authority that 18 out of 36 districts comes under Level 1, which means 18 districts will not be facing any imposition of lockdown and districts under level 5 which is dubbed as the red zone will be under complete lockdown. The 18 districts which are lockdown-free are Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Yavatmal, Washim, Wardha, Parbhani, and Thane. India’s monetary capital, Mumbai, is currently on level 2. The local train service indeed the lifeline of the city, will remain shut, for now, to keep the situation under control. However, the government is going easy on the lockdown guidelines, government allowed shops of essential items to remain open till 2 pm instead of 11 am but this only applies for districts whose covid positivity rate is less than 10%, and oxygen bed occupancy is less than 40%. The state permitted the delivery of non-essential items through e-commerce, which was on freeze before. Unlike last year when the state-imposed complete lockdown to deal with the first wave, this year the state-imposed rigorous restrictions from 5th of April 2021, inclusive of limiting attendance at private and government offices, and limiting the use of public transport, curtailing large gatherings at a wedding and social events limiting it to a maximum of 50 people, and limiting timing for shops selling essentials. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took necessary measures when required and announced a night curfew and weekend lockdown and even imposed stricter measures as Covid figures started climbing across the country. Maharashtra is witnessing a downward trend in its daily tally and the scenario is improving with each passing day. Maharashtra’s recovery rate of COVID-19 cases is 94.54 percent, while the fatality rate is 1.67 percent.