Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced that local train services will resume in Mumbai for those who have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine, August 15 onward. Addressing a presser, Thackeray said passengers will be able to download local train passes through the mobile app. However, a decision on hotels, malls and religious places will be taken only on Monday.
MAJOR DECISIONS ANNOUNCED BY UDDHAV THACKERAY
- Mumbai local train services to start from August 15 for people who have taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
- Passengers can download (local) train passes through the mobile app. Those who do not have smartphones can take photo passes from municipal ward offices in the city as well as suburban railway stations.
- Decision on hotels, malls, religious places to be taken after Uddhav's meeting with Covid task force on Monday.
Earlier on Saturday, Thackeray had hinted at relaxing more Covid-19 curbs in the coming days but with utmost caution. He is also expected to take a call regarding the local train travel.
Till now, common people were not allowed to board Mumbai suburban trains which were being operated only for the people employed in essential sectors. Many quarters have been demanding that common people, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, be allowed to board the local trains, called the lifeline of Mumbai.
"The Maharashtra government is going to grant more relaxations, but we are taking every step cautiously. A decision will be taken for local train passengers as well. We need to ensure that these relaxations do not trigger another wave of Covid-19," he had said.
Recently, the state government introduced several relaxations in 25 districts, which have reported a low Covid positivity rate, by allowing all shops to remain open till 8 pm. The government also permitted resumption of schools for certain classes in urban and rural areas from August 17 onward.
The state had on Saturday recorded 6,061 new coronavirus cases and 128 fatalities. The state's total infection tally stood at 63,47,820 and death toll at 1,33,845.
With 9,356 recoveries, the total number of those who bounced back was at 61,39,493.
The Pune region reported the highest 2,304 new infections on Saturday, followed by 1,652 cases in the Kolhapur region.
The Mumbai region reported 851 new cases, Nashik region 905, Latur region 219, Aurangabad region 66, Akola 42 and the Nagpur region recorded 22 new infections.
Of 128 fatalities recorded during the day, the highest 45 deaths were reported from the Pune region, followed by 39 from the Kolhapur region and 21 from Nashik region.
The Mumbai region reported 12 fatalities, Aurangabad four, Latur five while Nagpur region reported two deaths.
Meanwhile, around 30 Delta variant coronavirus cases were detected in Nashik recently.