Janta Curfew Begins In Jalgaon From Today, Emergency Services Exempted

The badly affected cities are Mumbai, which reported 1,539 cases, Pune which saw 1,384 new cases, and Nagpur where 1,513 people were found infected.

Maharashtra’s Jalgaon will be under ‘Janta curfew’ from today. Strict measure announcements have been made by the authorities after an increase in the number of covid-19 cases.

The curfew will begin at 8 pm today and continue till 8 am on March 15.

Announcing the strict measure on Tuesday, Abhijit Raut, the Jalgaon district collector, said in his order, “Enforcement of this order will be the responsibility of Municipal Corporation and local police. Violators will be liable for action under the Epidemic Act and other relevant sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code).”

Maharashtra Service Commission (MPSC) and other departments examinations that were scheduled to be held have been exempted, the order made the clarifications for the emergency services.

The announcement came in the wake of a spike in daily new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, which is one of the worst affected states in the country, and Jalgaon, one of the severely hit districts in the state.

However, a similar measure was implemented in Latur, which saw curbs in form of Janta curfew over the weekend last month. Though it received a good response from the public, said the district officials.

Nashik too is placed under restrictions, including 7 am to 7 pm work time for shops as the district recorded about 750 new cases of the infection on Wednesday.

According to the health department bulletin’s data recorded on Wednesday, Maharashtra recorded 13,659 new cases of the coronavirus disease, the highest one-day spike this year, which took the state’s caseload to 22,52,057.

The bulletin further said, with 54 fatalities, the death toll stood at 52,610.

The badly affected cities are Mumbai, which reported 1,539 cases, Pune which saw 1,384 new cases, and Nagpur where 1,513 people were found infected.

The state government on Wednesday came out with guidelines for the celebration of the Mahashivratri festival on Thursday. According to the guidelines, not more than 50 persons should be present in a temple at a time.

The state government has also asked temple management to ensure that the premises are disinfected and Covid-19 safety protocol, including social distancing and use of masks, is followed.

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