After witnessing biggest surge in COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has decided to enforce a night curfew from Sunday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's office said. The Shopping malls will be closed from 8 pm to 7 am, the order said.
Thackeray has now warned of stricter restrictions if the people did not follow COVID-19 safety rules. He said that district chiefs will decide when to order lockdowns but also asserted that there will not be any sudden state-wide lockdown and the public will be given advance notice.
"I do not wish to impose lockdown. But there seems a possibility of healthcare facilities falling short given the rise in number of coronavirus patients," he was quoted as saying in a statement released by his office.
Thackeray has asked officials to ensure availability of adequate hospital beds and medicines, the statement said. Maharashtra recorded 36,902 coronavirus infections on Friday, the highest one-day rise since the pandemic began, along with 112 deaths.