Maharashtra extends lockdown till July 31

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till July 31 amid a steady rise in the coronavirus cases.

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state by the Covid-19 pandemic with a tally of almost 1.6 lakh out of which more than 74,000 cases are in Mumbai. Ten major cities, including Mumbai, continue to be in red zones with strict restrictions in place. More than 7,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the state so far.

On Sunday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray ruled out lifting the lockdown in the state as the risk of infection is not over.

“There will be a spike in cases owing to relaxations in lockdown curbs,” the chief minister had warned.

As part of its efforts to ease restrictions under fourth phase of its Mission Begin Again, the Maharashtra government on Sunday allowed barbershops, salons and beauty parlours to reopen after more than three months of shutdown. Asianet Online