Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday held a press conference in which he released the new guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus. Ahead of Thackeray's address, people in Mumbai started panic buying. Due to the massive surge in coronavirus cases, earlier, it was speculated that the Maharashtra government will take the decision on lockdown. However, in his address, Thackeray said that there will be no lockdown in the state but only essential activities and services will be allowed for the next 15 days.

The CMO informed about the virtual address on Tuesday evening on Twitter and right after that people were seen rushing to the general store to buy stuff in bulk.

A shopper was quoted saying to PTI that there is no certainty about the time period of a lockdown or how strictly will it be implemented. It is better to buy essentials.

A shopkeeper was also quoted saying to PTI that this time the panic buying is not that high as it was seen last year in March after PM Narendra Modi induced the nationwide lockdown.

Thackeray in the press conference said that local trains and bus services for essential services will be provided. On the other hand, restaurants, hotels will remain closed, only home delivery services will be allowed in the state for the next 15 days. He further said that section 144 will be imposed in the state from 8 PM on Wednesday.

On Monday, Maharashtra reported 51,751 new cases and 258 deaths, this took the total tally to 34,58,996 cases in the state. Meanwhile, Mumbai alone reported 6,905 new cases and 43 deaths.

Mumbai saw a surge in daily cases again as it reported nearly 8,000 fresh infections. In the last 24 hours, the financial capital reported 7,898 new positive cases and 26 death. This number has taken the total tally to 5,35,017 in the city. The overall growth rate of coronavirus in Mumbai from April 6 to April 12, 2021, has been registered at 1.79 per cent

Talking about the death toll, the number stands at 58,245. On the other hand, the death toll of Mumbai is at 1,20,060.

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma