The state government said in an order today that all the theaters, auditoriums and offices in Maharashtra will only take 50 percent of their capacity by 31 March.
As of Thursday night, 25,833 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Maharashtra in the 24-hour period till Thursday night, the highest since the epidemic outbreak last year.
Even after today’s order to reduce capacity in theaters and offices, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned people of a more strict lockdown if they started to easily go through safety rules like not wearing masks.
“Except health and other essential services to operate at 50% capacity in all private offices …” the order said.
This allowed government and semi-government offices to make a call on the presence of employees. However, offices associated with the manufacturing sector will still have to work with fewer employees.
“For the purpose of maintaining social disturbances on the production floor, manufacturing units may be allowed to increase the working shifts approved by the local authorities,” the government said, adding that any violations found to be in violation of safety regulations The unit will have to be added until the government has to shut down allowing it to reopen.
While the Uddhav Thackeray government is not providing any break-up data or details at the hotspot locations, it is suspected that several strains of the mutated virus are operating there, which is responsible for such a rapid increase in the number.
Overall, there has been a big jump in cases of mutant strains since their presence was detected in India. In the last 14 days, 158 new cases have been reported.
After a six-month hiatus, Dharavi in Mumbai saw an increase in coronovirus cases, which shows the latest figures released by health authorities. In the slum-dominated area in the heart of the financial capital, 30 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Last time, Dharavi, notorious as Asia’s largest slum, reported 33 cases on 11 September.