Maharashtra Announces A Complete Lockdown, Exempts Groceries & Pharmaceuticals

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Maharashtra announces a complete lockdown following the increase in the number of Coronavirus cases reported in the state. With the total number of cases rising to more than 100, the state government has been strictly restricting public movement, barring emergencies. With this, Maharastra also becomes the first state in India to impose a 'total lockdown'. 

Apart from suspending public transport including trains, buses and metros - private vehicles too will be restricted from movement, unless there's an emergency. However, shops selling groceries, bakeries, media establishments, hospitals and pharmaceuticals, e-commerce delivery of essentials, petrol pumps, take-aways etc. have been exempted from the lockdown.  

Last week, the Indian Government declared that gyms, schools and colleges, shopping malls, swimming pools, cinema halls, etc. will remain closed till March 31 as a precautionary measure to combat the outbreak. The Government has urged corporate companies to allow their teams to work from home wherever possible, and has also requested citizens to avoid visiting malls, restaurants, gyms and crowded places. 

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