The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced the extension of the coronavirus lockdown till April 30 as the infected toll continued to rise.
The total number of coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra crossed the mark of 1,700 on Sunday (till morning) with Mumbai alone accounting for 1,146 of COVID-19 cases.
Along with Mumbai and Pune, 25 districts in Maharashtra are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state government now has graded this lockdown into three zones - Green, Orange and Red Zone. All essential services will be exempted from lockdown. Areas falling in three zones will have a different set of restrictions and relaxation.
Red Zone: Regions were a sizeable number of coronavirus cases are reported or have been declared as hotspots. Districts in the red zone include Mumbai City, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Raigad, Sangli, Palghar, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Nashik. There would be no activity in the red zones.
Orange Zone: Regions with up to 15 coronavirus positive cases. In the orange zone, limited activities will be allowed. The regions under this include Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Kolhapur, Jalgaon, Usmanabad, Beed, Jalna, Hingoli, Latur, Amravati, Akola, Yavatmahal, Buldana, Vashim and Gondia.
Green Zone: No cases of COVID-19. There is a total of eight areas where there are no coronavirus cases so far. The regions include Nandurbar, Solapur, Parbhani, Nanded, Wardha, Bhandara, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli.
Globally, the pandemic has infected around 1.8 million people, out of which close to 1.3 million are active closes. Over 1.09 lakh people have lost their lives. In India, positive cases have crossed 8,500, and 85 per cent remain active. The death toll in India is nearing the 300-mark.