Night Curfew In Maharashtra, Mandatory Institutional Quarantine For Passengers Arriving From Europe, Middle East

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The Maharashtra government has announced night curfew in all Major Cities from Tuesday 22 December for the next 14 days, till January 5, 2021, as a precautionary act for the backdrop of the new coronavirus variant found in the UK.

According to a official report, the night curfew will be imposed from 11pm to 6am in all major cities in the state including Mumbai.

Passengers from European or Middle Eastern countries will be placed in a 14-day institutional quarantine and everyone else will need to be home isolated for a similar period, the state government said Monday evening.

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CM Thackeray has asked those passengers who have arrived from Europe and the Middle East should provide information about their travel history. He said that he will hold a meeting with all the district collectors and municipal commissioners against the backdrop of the new coronavirus variant in the UK to take extra care.

He also directed the municipal corporation to provide PPE kits to all staff working at the airport checking passengers coming from Europe and the Middle East.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s commissioner told PTI news agency that around five people are expected to land on five flights by midnight on December 22, when the centre’s ban on incoming flights from the UK goes into effect.

During the night curfew, essential services such as the supply of vegetables and milk remain unaffected.

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However, during this time, no more than five people can gather in a given place.

Although the virus’ spread has declined significantly since – the state’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases is down to 2,301 from over 22,000 in mid-September – it remains the worst-affected though, with nearly 19 lakh cases since the crisis broke in December last year. The active caseload is around 63,000 and the state has reported around 48,700 deaths linked to the virus.

(With input from PTI)


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