In its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra police have implemented Section 144 in Mumbai till July 15, effectively barring all non-essential movement in the city. By Bayar Jain

As per a report by ANI, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in Mumbai till July 15 to curb the further spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in the city. In doing so, movement of more than one person in public areas, and all forms of gatherings have been prohibited – including at religious places.

 

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Issued by Pranaya Ashok, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Greater Mumbai and Executive Magistrate, the order allows movement of people for essential activities, supplying essential goods, or in case of medical emergencies. Moreover, the order also allows semi-government and governmental agencies; petroleum and energy related services; media; banking and related services; e-commerce deliveries; food deliveries; warehousing; trucks and tempos; and ports to function. All other non-essential activities are prohibited, and a curfew from 09:00 pm IST to 05:00 am IST has also been set in motion.

 

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While movement in containment zones are completely forbidden temporarily, those outside are allowed to venture outdoors for non-essential activities (such as salons, markets, spas etc.) within a two-kilometre radius. In these cases, too, the order advises citizens to practice social distancing norms. The report also states that while Section 144 has been imposed till July 15, it could be withdrawn earlier as well.

Currently, official figures have recorded 1,80,298 cases in Maharashtra, making it the worst-affected state in the country. Of these, 93,154 have been cured, discharged or migrated (as on July 2, 2020). According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 78,708 cases have been recorded in the state capital till July 1, 06:00 pm IST. The recovery rate, as on July 1, stands at 57 per cent.

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