Mumbai: In view of the emergence of a new coronavirus strain in the United Kingdom, the Maharashtra government has imposed night curfew in the state from 11 pm to 6 am till January 5, starting December 22

During the night curfew, essential services, like supply of vegetables and milk, will remain unaffected. However, no more than five people can assemble at a given place in this time.

Also, the state government said Monday evening that passengers from European or Middle East nations will be sent to 14-day institutional quarantine, and all others must home-isolate for a similar period.

CM Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting to review the coronavirus situation in the state and implementation of preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease and then the announcement was made.

Maharashtra is the worst-affected state in the country by the coronavirus pandemic. Over 18 lakh cases and nearly 49,000 deaths have been reported in the state since the highly infectious disease was first reported in January this year.

On Sunday, Thackeray had reiterated and cautioned the people of the state that the coronavirus threat was still very much there and asked people to follow all Covid-19 preventive guidelines.

“Let me say this again, the threat of Corona is yet to pass. To avoid the virus, do not let your guard down, do not crowd in public places, mask up, observe physical distance and keep washing hands,” the CMO wrote on Twitter.