Maharashtra Govt Refuses To Impose Lockdown In Mumbai; Says Situation Under Control
Maharashtra has been the worst affected state with a record of 13,659 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. This pushed the total case tally in Maharashtra to 22,52,057. The state has seen a total of 20,99,207 recoveries, with 9,913 patients discharged from hospitals on Wednesday, according to the health bulletin released by authorities on Wednesday. Also, the complete lockdown has been announced in Nagpur from March 15 to March 21.
“In the coming days, there might be some places where a lockdown is inevitable. We will take the decision in the next couple of days,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said after taking his first shot of the anti-Covid vaccine.
No fresh Lockdown in Mumbai
There will be no fresh lockdown in Mumbai and the current restrictions will remain unchanged as the COVID-19 situation in the city is under control, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal.
Chahal said “We don’t see the need for any additional restrictions at the moment. The death rate is under control. We are not seeing pressure on hospitals,” quoting an update from CNBC-TV18
However, he mentioned that if the positivity rate exceeds 15%, the local government may be forced to impose new restrictions.
“If people keep on behaving irresponsibly, despite vaccination if the positivity keeps on increasing and if it goes beyond 15 per cent then naturally we would be forced to get some new measures in place, some curbs. If people show COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and the positivity remains under control, there is no cause for being concerned,” he said.
The BMC has taken up vaccination in a big way and aims to vaccinate 30 lakh people by April 15.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said “We plan to do 1.25 lakh vaccinations every day starting from the coming week. So, our target is by April 15 we vaccinate these 30 lakh people and I am sure we will get the death rate nearly to zero. With strategy and no pressure on the hospitals and the death rate under control, I think we just need to be tight with SOPs. We don’t need any more curbs,”
Chahal also appealed to people to act responsibly and not roam around unnecessarily.
“BMC is pushing restrictions on wedding ceremonies, cinema halls, restaurants very tightly. BMC officials are present in all functions and weddings to ensure SOPs are followed,” he said.
He informed that around 8,000 hospital beds were lying vacant in the COVID section.
“Although 27,000 new cases came up in the last one month if you see the number of people on ventilators, they have increased only by 138 only. That means that of these 27,000 people, only 138 required ventilator facility and there also the death rate has come down by 50 per cent. As far as ICUs are concerned, still, we have more than 800 ICUs lying vacant,” Chahal said.