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BMC catches people flouting rules following CM's speech to the public

Earlier in the day, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal denied a second wave of coronavirus infection in Mumbai as COVID-19 cases spike in the city.

February 22, 2021 / 08:58 PM IST
People fluting social distancing rule in Mumbai's Crowford market.

People fluting social distancing rule in Mumbai's Crowford market.


A day after CM Uddhav Thackeray requested citizens to adhere to the COVID norms, news agency ANI, reported visuals from Mumbai's Crawford market where a crowded market can be seen with people blatantly flouting social distancing norms. All people found without masks were penalised Rs 200 and given one as well by the officers.

Almost 14,000 people were penalised and a fine amounting to Rs 28.20 lakhs was collected from them, on February 21, during a mask enforcement drive, reported the Brihanmumbai Corporation.

"A total of 16,02,536 people penalised till yesterday and a fine of Rs 32,41,14,800 collected from them in total", said the BMC.

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Earlier in the day, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal denied a second wave of coronavirus infection in Mumbai as COVID-19 cases spike in the city. According to him, the coronavirus load has gone down in the slums, and a majority of the additional load is coming from the rich, super-rich, and middle-class residential areas.

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He also denied the possibility of a lockdown or any new restrictions being imposed, saying the corporation is ensuring strict adherence to current restrictions. The Commissioners comment comes in target with CM Thackeray's statement on February 21, where he said any lockdown would be announced only after 8-10 days, depending on the situation.  Thackeray also announced a fresh set of restrictions that have come into force from today, along with BMC's new guidelines that were released last week.

As of February 22 6 pm, Mumbai's tally of total active cases is at 7,397 with an overall recovery rate of 94%, reported BMC.

Also Read: 36% rise in active COVID-19 cases in Mumbai since February 8: BMC
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