Coronavirus: Shops selling essential items to remain open 24×7 in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday ordered to keep shops dealing in essential commodities open day and night.

The order has asked for these shops to maintain social distancing norms apart from sanitisation and cleanliness.

“The CM [Uddhav Thackeray] issued orders giving permission to keep all stores, dealing in essential commodities, groceries and medical stores, open 24×7,” a release issued by Uddhav Thackeray’s office read.

“These shops, however, should adhere to the norms of social distancing, sanitisation and cleanliness.”

The Maharashtra government also issued a stern warning to the housing societies against forcing doctors and healthcare workers to vacate houses or societies after incidents of doctors and healthcare workers being stigmatised were reported.

A note by the Maharashtra government read, “There have been complaints that some housing societies are forcing the health workers staying on rent to vacate their places fearing the spread of Covid-19. Any housing society indulging in such acts will be dealt with severe penalty.”

The Maharashtra government has allowed the truck owners to transport goods with a requisite permission from the local administration.

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar asked the administration to ensure the truck drivers, returning after delivering the goods, are not harassed or stopped.

Ajit Pawar also asked the administration to provide fuel to farmers for carrying out farm related works in view of the upcoming harves season.

Ajit Pawar allowed functioning of community kitchens for the poor who are not able to cook at home because of the lockdown.

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat on Thursday said the publication of ready reckoner rates has been postponed in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The ready reckoner rates, which are prices of a residential property, land or commercial property for a given area, are published on March 31 every year.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and his staff decided to donate their day’s salary to Covid-19-affected people.

The amount will be deposited in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 positive patients reached to 125 in Maharashtra. At least 15 patients have been discharged after they recovered from the deadly disease.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) added 18 new Covid-19 testing and treatment centres apart from the existing centre at Kasturba Hospital.

Out of the 19 centres, eight are run by the BMC and the rest by private hospitals. The BMC has also opened a helpline number (020-470-85085) for Covid-19 where a dedicated doctor will help people with primary consultation, and if required, the doctor will guide the caller about test and testing facilities in their areas.

This helpline will remain open from 10 am to 7 pm.

These are the hospitals where testing and treatment could be done:

King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Parel in Mumbai

Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion in Mumbai

Nair Hospital, Mumbai

Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital, Juhu in Mumbai

Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Municipal Hospital, Jogeshwari in Mumbai

Bhabha Hospital, Bandra in Mumbai

Bhabha Hospital, Kurla in Mumbai

Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar in Mumbai

Breach Candy Hospital, Cumballa Hill in Mumbai

Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Girgaon in Mumbai

Lilavati Hospital, Bandra in Mumbai

SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim in Mumbai

PD Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Shivaji Park in Mumbai

Fortis Hospital

Bombay Hospital

Wockhardt Hopsital

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Andheri in Mumbai

Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Vile Parle in Mumbai

Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai in Mumbai

Source – India Today