AGENCIES, New Delhi: The COVID-19 situation is “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal, and violation of lockdown measures risk the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Centre said on Monday.
In a communication to state governments, the Union home ministry said there have been several incidents of violence against COVID-19 frontline healthcare professionals, complete violation of social distancing norms and movement of vehicles in urban areas. These should be stopped, it said.
The Centre’s note came as the death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 543 and the number of cases climbed to 17,265 in the country on Monday.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to enquire about the lynching of three people in the state’s Palghar area, according to news agency PTI.
During the telephonic conversation, Thackeray apprised the home minister about the incidents and the steps taken to nab those involved in the incident, PTI quoted officials as saying.
The Maharashtra government has ordered a high-level investigation into the Palghar mob lynching incident in which three people were killed on Thursday night. “Police have detained 101 people involved in the killing of three Surat-bound people in Palghar. I have also ordered a high-level inquiry into these killings,” Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Twitter.