Maharashtra is close to conducting 1 million tests by this week. By Monday, it had conducted 9.43 lakh tests. While Maharashtra has a positivity rate (number of people testing positive against the total tests conducted) of 18 per cent, Mumbai stands at 23.04 per cent, indicating higher viral transmission within the city.
In the new lockdown rules released yesterday, norms governing movement of public for shopping, outdoor physical exercise and non-essential travel have been issued. A proposal to increase staff in private offices from 10 per cent to 25 per cent has been deferred. So has the unlock of export-oriented industrial units and also those that are in located in areas inside the special economic zones and industrial estates within the municipal corporation areas of MMR.
The order mentioned that “staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets, industrial and commercial establishments”.