Mumbai is one of the most Covid-affected cities in the country. With 77,658 (and counting) Coronavirus cases so far, over 4,566 people have reportedly succumbed to death in the financial capital. Worse, we have also lost many frontline workers who are risking their lives, battling with Coronavirus to treat infected patients. Even as the city was reopened in phases under ‘Mission Begin Again’, the tally of positive cases ultimately led to the extension of the lockdown until July 31. And now, the Mumbai Police has imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the city with immediate effect.

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The prohibitory order issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranaya Ashok prohibits any presence or movement of one or more persons in public places to prevent the spread of the invisible enemy. Even gathering of any sort anywhere, including religious places subject to certain conditions, is restricted from 9 pm to 5 am in the city. It will be effective till 15th July 2020, unless withdrawn earlier.

The directive read, “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.” It also stated that all movement by people in the areas designated as ‘Containment Zone’ by the Municipal Authorities is prohibited, except for essential activities and medical emergencies.

While that is that, essential services including commodities, drinking water supply, food, vegetable, milk supplies, ration and grocery stores have been permitted to function. Emergency services like hospitals, medicines, pharmaceuticals and related establishments and government/semi-government agencies and their officials who are on duty will also be operational.

Only yesterday, the CM Uddhav Thackeray and The CMO had appealed to the masses to adhere to regulations laid out by the government and ensure that social distancing protocols are in place. Cause, believe it or not, the fight is far from over!

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