In the wake of an increasing number of coronavirus cases across the state, people in several cities and towns in Maharashtra are opting for voluntary ‘Janata curfews’ to battle the pandemic.
Maharashtra’s second capital Nagpur will observe a ‘Janata curfew’ for two of the remaining weekends of September – beginning from September 18 night till September 21 morning and another one from September 25 night till September 28 morning.
Nagpur Mayor Sandeep Joshi, meanwhile, said that the decision was taken at the behest of demand made by the common man in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths in the city.
“Despite repeated appeals, some irresponsible citizens continue to flout rules and pose a threat. Lockdown is no solution as it is not permitted by the government. However, we have decided to implement a ‘Janata curfew’ with voluntary participation of people,” said Joshi.
The decision was announced after the Nagpur Mayor and Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B met officials and MLAs like Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Nago Ganar, Girish Vyas, Mohan Mate, Standing Committee chairman Vijay Jhalke, Sandeep Jadhav, Dayashankar Tiwari, Tanaji Vanve, Additional Municipal Commissioners Ram Joshi, Jalaj Sharma and Sanjay Nipane, and medical authorities.
In the meantime, Radhakrishnan B said: “Every citizen must recognize his/her responsibility and adhere to the rules, take all precautions since the city has all required medical facilities and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is making all-out efforts to further augment these.”
Besides Nagpur, ‘Janata curfews’ have been either enforced or announced in other towns like Sangli, Kolhapur, Jalgaon, Raigad, and Aurangabad.
Coronavirus in Maharashtra
The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra increased to 11,21,221 on Wednesday with the single-day addition of 23,365 cases.
According to the state health department, the death toll in the state has risen to 30,883.
On Wednesday, 17,559 patients were discharged after treatment, taking the number of recoveries in Maharashtra to 7,92,832.
The number of active cases in the state stands at 2,97,125.
Meanwhile, 2,378 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mumbai city reported yesterday, which took the overall case count to 1,75,974. The death toll mounted to 8,280.
In Pune, the total number of coronavirus-positive cases are 1,34,124, while the death toll is 3,042.