Maharashtra came out as one of the major hotspots for the COVID-19 virus; government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions in the state. Daily wage earners have suffered the most in the state amid pandemic induced restrictions. Expressing his plight, a shoeshiner, near Gateway of India in Mumbai talked to ANI about his dwindling income. Umesh Sakes, shoe polisher said, "I've been working here for the past 5 years. Earlier, I used to earn Rs 100-200/day. Now it's hardly Rs 50/day."
Janhvi Kapoor, Tara Sutaria, Malaika Arora and Anusha Dandekar were clicked by paparazzi in the film city. On work front, Janhvi Kapoor is working on her next venture 'Dostana 2'. Tara will make appearance in 'Ek Villain 2'. Paps also spotted Malaika Arora and Anusha Dandekar in Mumbai. 'Befikre' actress Vaani Kapoor was also seen in Mumbai.
A 'Tika Utsav' or vaccine festival has begun across the country to inoculate maximum number of eligible people against the coronavirus on April 11. Elderly people arrived at BKC vaccination centre in Mumbai amid weekend lockdown. India will observe a four-day 'vaccine festival' in the country till April 14. The call for the vaccine festival was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Amid the surge of COVID-19 cases, artists came forward to motivate people about COVID-19 vaccination. Unique Society of Artist, Panchkula came up with the idea of making paintings of the vaccination on aprons to spread awareness. Sakshi, a local said, "Vaccination is compulsory and lockdown is not a solution. Govt is vaccinating people above 45 years of age. Artists have also motivated us. They are making people aware of vaccination." Sita, an artist said, "We artists also think that we are having some responsibility towards the society and the paintings we are making on aprons are working like posters. People are getting motivated and aware of the fact that COVID vaccination is very important."
COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate as India reported highest single day spike on April 15 with over 2,00,739 new COVID cases on April 15. Total caseload of the country stood at 1,40,74,564 and currently there are14,71,877 active cases. 93,528 patients were discharged in last 24 hours taking the recovery tally to 1,24,29,564. With 1,038 new deaths, country's toll mounted to 1,73,123.
A COVID-19 patient died in ICU ward of Shivpuri District Hospital after a ward boy allegedly removed the oxygen planted. Anguished at the demise, family of deceased created ruckus in the hospital premises and urged for a probe in the matter. A team of 3 doctors has been formed by the Superintendent of the Medical College to look into the matter and submit the report within 48 hours following which appropriate action will be taken. Family is adamant on not cremating the body until justice is served.
Maharashtra Government on Tuesday announced a 15-day long statewide curfew from April 14 amid the spike in coronavirus cases in the state. The curfew, which excludes essential services, will come into effect from 8 pm on Wednesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in his address via social media to people of the state. Section 144 (prohibitory orders) of the Criminal Procedure Code will be in force till the "lockdown-like" restrictions are in place, Thackeray said. Watch the full video for more details.
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Taking a serious note on lockdown, Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh on Apr 10 said that the State Government is trying to avoid lockdown and enforced weekend lockdown but no effect seen on COVID cases. "Govt is trying to avoid lockdown hence stringent measures were enforced inclusive weekend lockdown. But it seems to have no effect on new COVID-19 cases. All party representatives held a meeting today, to discuss all possibilities to contain the pandemic," the Minister said.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on March 10 said that Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze will be removed from the Crime Branch, amid controversy over the Mansukh Hiren death case. Deshmukh said, "Maharashtra Government has decided to remove Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sachin Vaze from the Crime Branch and he will be posted in some other department. It is being done so that an impartial investigation can be conducted in this case (Mansukh Hiren death case)." "His (Sachin Vaze) name came up in the statement of Mansukh Hiren's wife," he added.
Strict restrictions will be implemented in Maharashtra from April 14 8pm due to surge in COVID-19 cases. State DGP, Sanjay Pandey in a press conference, informed that if anyone has any emergency, they will be allowed movement. "Shops selling essential items and public transport will remain operational. There is no provision of movement passes this time. We have given instruction to all our units that if anyone has an emergency they should be allowed movement," said Maharashtra DGP.
Amid increasing COVID-19 cases in state, Maharashtra government on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144. Bollywood industry is also feeling the heat. According to All Indian Cine Workers Association president, the industry is bearing loses as spot boys and other daily wagers have returned to their hometown due to no work. "We support lockdown, but there has to be a way for us. Government talks about others but not daily wagers in our industry," he said. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144 from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases but said he will not term the new restrictions as "lockdown".
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