Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till February 28. According to an order, the government said that the current Mission Begin Again guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic will remain in force by the end of February.
“The state government is satisfied that the state of Maharashtra is threatened of spreading the COVID-19 virus, and therefore needs to take some emergency measures to try and prevent the spread of the virus, it is expedient to extend the lockdown across the state Maharashtra till 28 February 2021 read the order issued by the Chief Secretary of the state on behalf of the Governor of Maharashtra.
It further said citing the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and The Disaster Management Act, 2005, that “the guidelines issued vide orders dated 30th September 2020 and 14th October 2020 (extended by order dated 29th October 2020, 27th November 2020 and 29th December 2020) to operationalise MISSION BEGIN AGAIN for easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening, will remain in force till 28th February 2021 for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the state.
The order states that the existing guidelines will be strictly enforced by all departments of the Government of Maharashtra.
It states, “The activities already permitted and permitted shall be continued from time to time and all earlier orders shall be combined with this order and shall remain in force until February 28, 2021.”
The announcement comes a day after 2,889 new COVID-19 cases and 50 new fatal cases were registered in Maharashtra. The total number of cases in the state is now 20,18,413, with a total of 50,944 people suffering from the virus since the epidemic began.