- Mumbai is the worst-hit city in India by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Mumbai administration imposed Section 144 to control the spread of COVID-19
- This curfew will be effective till July 15, unless withdrawn earlier
New Delhi: As the condition in the country’s worst-hit city by COVID-19, Mumbai continues to deteriorate, the city administration has imposed a section 144 to control the spread of the virus. Mumbai Commissioner of Police Pranaya Ashok imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) July 1, that prohibits the presence or movement of one or more persons in public places. This curfew will be effective till July 15, unless withdrawn earlier. The curfew order further prohibits the gathering of any sort anywhere, including religious places, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order reads,
There is a likelihood of spread of the COVID-19 virus through the gathering of persons in public or private places and there is a grave danger to human life, health or safety. There are sufficient reasons for passing prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to ensure that there is no danger to human life.
Furthermore, all movement in the city, including the containment zones, is prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am, except for medical emergencies and other emergency services.
As per the administration order, the essential activities that are barred from the curfew, include the following:
1: Medical emergencies: Hospitals, medicines, pharmacy and related establishments, pathology laboratories, medical and nursing colleges will remain open and people could visit these places.
2: Government and semi-government agencies and their officials who are on duty
3: Food, vegetables, milk supplies, ration and grocery stores
4: Electricity, petroleum, oil and energy-related offices
5: Telephone and internet services related offices
6: Banking, stock exchange, SEBI-registered participants
7: Media companies
9: IT and IT-enabled services and data centres providing critical national and international infrastructure, and needed for the essential and emergency services
10: Services providing home delivery of food, groceries and essential commodities will be allowed amid the curfew in the city as well.
11: E-commerce activity for essential and as well as non-essential items and material will be allowed
12: Any offices/ establishments that handle the supply of drinking water in the city
13: Trucks or tempos carrying goods and manpower related to above-mentioned services
Even when it comes to the essential services, Mumbai citizens have been asked to maintain stringent social distancing norms at all times. Moreover, any person who is found violating the norms will be charged under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, the administration has directed.
Mumbai is the worst-hit city in India by the COVID-19 pandemic with close to 80,000 people infected. On the other hand, in Maharashtra, there are over 1,80,298 cases with 79, 091 cases still active and 8,053 deaths. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that the ongoing lockdown in the state will be extended till July 31.