Mumbai: Maharashtra on Monday recorded 33,470 new coronavirus cases, 10,918 less than the previous day, and eight fresh deaths linked to the infection, the state health department said. The state had reported 44,388 COVID-19 cases and 12 fatalities on Sunday.
An official said Maharashtra also reported 31 new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus today. With addition of new cases and deaths, the state’s COVID-19 tally jumped to 69,53,514, while the toll rose to 1,41,647, the department said.
Of the 33,470 new cases and eight deaths in the state, 13,648 infections and five fatalities were reported from Mumbai alone.
On Saturday, when the state reported over 41,000 new COVID-19 cases, the state government decided to prohibit movement in public in groups of five or more from 5 in the morning to 11 at night. Further, no movement will be allowed in public from 11 pm to 5 am except for essential services, a government circular had said.
On Sunday, the state government revised the COVID-19-related restrictions for gyms and beauty salons, allowing them to operate at 50 per cent capacity from January 10 midnight. The revised order grouped beauty salons with hair cutting salons.
As per the revised order, only those activities that do not require removal of the mask by anyone shall be allowed. Only fully vaccinated people shall be allowed to use these services and all staff engaged in operation shall be fully vaccinated, it said.
Gyms will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity subject to the use of masks while performing any activity, the order said.
The state government had on Saturday announced that schools and colleges will be closed till February 15 except for activities required to be undertaken for class 10 and 12 students and administrative activities of teachers.
The government had also decided to cap the attendance at marriages and social, religious, cultural or political gatherings at 50. At funerals, not more than 20 people can remain present, said the circular.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that his government wanted to prevent health services from coming under excessive pressure.