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    Published On : Fri, Jan 29th, 2021

    Maharashtra govt extends prevailing lockdown restrictions till February 28

    Mumbai: The Government of Maharashtra on Friday announced an extension in prevailing lockdown restrictions till February 28. Via an order, the government said existing Mission Begin Again guidelines in relation to the coronavirus pandemic will remain in force till the end of February.

    “The state government is satisfied that the state of Maharashtra is threatened with the spread of COVID-19 virus, and therefore to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of virus, it is expedient to extend the lockdown in the entire state of Maharashtra further till 28h February, 2021,” the order issued by state Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, on behalf of the Maharashtra Governor, read.

    It further said citing the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and The Disaster Management Act, 2005, that “the guidelines issued vide orders dated 30th September, 2020 and 14th October, 2020 (extended by order dated 29th October, 2020, 27th November, 2020 and 29th December, 2020) to operationalise MISSION BEGIN AGAIN for easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening, will remain in force till 28th February, 2021 for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the state.

    The order noted that the existing guidelines will be strictly implemented by all the departments of the Government of Maharashtra.

    “The activities already allowed and permitted from time to time shall be continued and all earlier orders shall be aligned with this order and shall remain in force up to 28th February, 2021,” it stated.

    The announcement came a day after Maharashtra recorded 2,889 new COVID-19 cases and 50 fresh fatalities. The overall case tally in the state now stands at 20,18,413, with a total of 50,944 people succumbing to the virus since the start of the pandemic.

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