Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 23 (ANI): The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday collected a total fine of Rs 28 lakhs from 14,000 people who were caught without face masks in public spaces.
This comes in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Maharashtra during the last few days.
As per a statement, the total fine collected is Rs 32,41,14,800 and the total number persons fined for mask violations is 16,02,536 as of Sunday.
Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 6,971 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count in nearly four months.
Owing to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday informed that the coming eight days will decide whether there will be a lockdown in the state.
In a video address, Thackeray said, "Do you want lockdown? The next eight days will decide. Maharashtra has reported around 7,000 COVID cases today. If the COVID-19 situation deteriorates, then we have to impose lockdown. Those who want a lockdown can roam around without mask while those who do not want it must wear a mask and follow all the rules."
With reference to the state government's campaign against COVID-19 'My Family, My Responsibility', the chief minister has also introduced a new slogan "I am responsible".
Meanwhile, a week-long complete lockdown has been announced in Amaravati district in wake of the spike in cases.
"A one-week complete lockdown will remain in force in Amravati district excluding Achalpur city. Only the essential services are permitted to operate," Guardian Minister Yashomati Thakur told reporters. (ANI)
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