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Lockdown in Mumbai, Pune region may extend till June : Mah Govt official


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With the number of corona cases in the city and neighbouring areas increasing day-by-day, the ongoing lockdown in Mumbai and Pune Metropolitan Region as well as in other parts of the state may continue well beyond May 3, an official in the Maharashtra government said on Saturday.   


'As of now, there is no question of lifting the lockdown in Mumbai and Pune MMR region. In fact, with the rising numbers, there may be a need to tighten restrictions,' the state government official said.  In that case, restrictions on local trains, buses, shops and establishments may continue to remain till at least June, he informed. Till Friday, Mumbai recorded 4,589 cases and on an average is adding close to over 200 cases per day. Similarly, the Pune Metropolitan Region that comprises Pimpri-Chinchwad is also seeing a steady influx of cases.  


The Pune administration has already enforced the lockdown more severely and the whole city has been turned into a containment zone.  People are allowed to step out only for two hours daily to buy groceries. The central team has advised the Pune administration to prepare for quarantine provisions till the end of May.
Meanwhile, Mumbai has created 983 containment zones. More than half of these containment zones are in slums, which are congested. Other areas in the state are also witnessing an increase in the number of cases. 


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