Pune, Mar 23: Intensifying fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray on Monday imposed curfew in Maharashtra, sealing all district borders in the state.
These steps should be seen as preventive measures by the citizens, said Thackeray. He also appealed to citizens to stay at home for their own safety in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Despite Cr PC Section 144 being invoked in the state, a number of people were seen out on streets on Monday while several main roads were packed with vehicles. In view of this, Thackeray said, "People should take this war against COVID-19 seriously. Section 144 of CrPC is invoked so that essential services continue to operate while the rest of the services are suspended till March 31. People should not violate rules by crowding the streets."
All district borders will be sealed in Maharashtra in the wake of the rapid spread of novel coronavirus, added Thackeray. The state health department today said that Mumbai has reported 14 new cases in the last 24 hours, T\taking the total number of coronavirus patients in Maharashtra to 89. (UNI)