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01 Jul 2020 | 02:59 PM UTC

India: Authorities extend lockdown in Maharashtra state until July 31 /update 42

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Maharashtra state authorities extend lockdown until July 31 amid the rise in COVID-19 cases; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Karnataka state, Maharashtra

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Event

Maharashtra state authorities announced on Monday, June 29, that lockdown restrictions have been extended in Maharashtra until July 31, amid the rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area. Under the extension, different restrictions may apply to different local areas, however, local authorities are permitted to enforce restrictions and measures on non-essential activities and movements in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Additionally, non-essential activities such as shopping and outdoor exercise will be restricted to within neighborhood area limits, where mandatory face masks and social distancing measures are required.

Authorities announced that a full lockdown will be enforced every Sunday from July 5, in Karnataka state due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region. Authorities will only allow essential services to operate on Sundays. Additionally, a stricter curfew will be introduced in the region from Monday, July 6, taking effect between 20:00 and 05:00 (local time).

Additionally, a nightly nationwide curfew remains in place between 22:00 - 05:00.

As of Wednesday, July 1, health authorities have confirmed 566,840 COVID-19 cases with 16,893 associated deaths in India, while 169,883 cases have been confirmed in Maharashtra state. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.  

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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