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Mumbai on Night Curfew due to the new virus strain

Reportedly, Mumbai on Monday found 463 new cases and twelve new deaths seeing a big slump in the cases of Coronavirus. It is also reported that there are 693 additional recoveries taking the total number of cured tally at 2,67,703. Now, there are active cases of 7754 and fatalities of 11,008 with its tally rising to 2,87,313. The recovery rate of Mumbai rose to 93% while its growth rise has slowed to 0.21%. According to the reports of BMC, there is the testing of 22,02,536 samples to date with a positivity rate of 13.02%. It is also reported by BMC till date that there is the vacancy of 518 out of 1137 ventilator and vacancy of 984 out of 1886 ICU beds and now the cases are also increasing slowly. Now, Mumbai has imposed night curfew for almost 15 days.

Mumbai Government imposes night curfew

Announcement of a seven long hour night curfew took place in Mumbai from December 22, 2020, to January 5, 2021. It is for fifteen days and would get placed in the municipal corporation areas and cities of the state. Uddhav Thackeray, chief minister of Maharashtra called a high-level meeting and decided the implementation of the night curfews across the different cities in the state. The government cited two main reasons for their recent move. Iqbal Singh Chahal, Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stated that there is observation in Mumbai that people are violating the norms of social distancing. The night curfew has been put in place as a result of the violations and to avoid an increase in the cases of COVID-19 during the upcoming celebrations of New Year.

Mr Iqbal Singh further stated that people cannot have normal celebrations as it is no normal new year. Such curfew is imposed for ensuring no repetitions of such violence. Another reason for global concern is a rapid increase in the cases of COVID-19 in the U.K. after the outbreak of a new mutation of Coronavirus. The recent move by the government is a precautionary measure and also asked people to look out for the next fifteen days.

New Rules of the Night Curfew

The difference between a night curfew and a total lockdown is also explained by Mr Iqbal Singh stating that individuals cannot step out of their homes in lockdown but more than five people cannot gather together after the specified time in a night curfew. Hence operation may take place for some offices such as that function overnight or diary transportation. Auto-Rickshaws, Taxis, and cars will just run and stay as they were before. There will be institutional quarantine for all travellers arriving at Mumbai airport from European countries and the Middle East. They can only leave their home after their quarantine period completion and also on the seventh or fifth day, their RT-PCR Covid-19 test would get taken.There will home quarantine foe people arriving from other countries as well. The municipal commissioners will also arrange temporary quarantine institutional facilities near hotels and airports.