Maharashtra is likely to be put under a 15-day lockdown after Covid-19 cases in the state continued to rise despite a week of tight restrictions. Most ministers demanded a full lockdown at the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday, and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is expected to make an official announcement when he addresses the state on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the state government imposed new restrictions, limiting supermarket and other food store hours from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. to just four hours. Home delivery from these stores is now permitted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and local governments have been granted the authority to alter delivery schedules.
These restrictions took effect at 8 pm on Tuesday and will remain in effect until 7 pm on May 1. Rajesh Tope, the minister of public health, said there was no choice but to enforce a strict lockdown. Officials said a lockdown manual is being drafted, and important shop timing restrictions will remain in place. Government office attendance may be limited, and interdistrict travel may be prohibited.