The Centre on Monday said the COVID-19 situation is"especially serious" in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and afew other places in West Bengal, and violation of lockdown measures risk thespread of the novel coronavirus.
In a communication to state governments and unionterritories, the home ministry said there have been several incidents ofviolence against COVID-19 frontline healthcare professionals, completeviolation of social distancing norms and movement of vehicles in urban areas.These should be stopped, it said.
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 543 and the number ofcases climbed to 17,265 in the country on Monday, according to the Union healthministry.
The situation is "especially serious" in Indore inMadhya Pradesh, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Jaipur in Rajasthan, andKolkata, Howrah, East Medinipur, North 24 Parganas, Darjeeling, Kalimpong andJalpaiguri in West Bengal, the ministry said.
"Violation of lockdown measures reported, posing aserious health hazard to public and risk for spread of COVID-19," it said.
The central government has constituted six Inter-MinisterialCentral Teams (IMCTs) to make on-spot assessment of the COVID-19 situation inthese places and issue necessary directions to the four states — Madhya Pradesh,Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal — for redressal.
The teams will submit their report to the central governmentin the larger interest of the general public, the ministry said.
"The IMCTs will focus on compliance and implementationof the lockdown measures as per guidelines, supply of essential commodities,social distancing, preparedness of health infrastructure, safety of healthprofessionals and conditions of relief camps for labourers and poorpeople," a home ministry spokesperson said.The lockdown was first announced by PrimeMinister Narendra Modi on March 24 in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic.It was further extended till May 3.