Maharashtra Lockdown Will Continue After June 1st; But Gradually Unlockdown Will Begin
The Maharashtra government will extend the coronavirus-enforced lockdown-like curbs in the state after June 1 and relax them later in a phased manner, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday.
On Thursday, Maharashtra recorded 21,273 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, prompting the state administration to extend the current lockdown due to the significant surge in infections in over a dozen districts. On Thursday, 2,61,151 tests have been conducted.
There are currently 301,041 active patients in the state, with 43,869 active patients in Pune and 28,683 active patients in Mumbai. The death toll has now reached 92,225 people, with Mumbai leading the way with 14,720 deaths, followed by Pune with 12,112 deaths.
Extend The Coronavirus-Enforced Lockdown In Maharashtra
The State Government Can Provide Some Relaxation In The Restrictions
Thackeray issued necessary directives in this regard to the state administration during a cabinet meeting, said a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Mumbai.
To combat the spread of coronavirus, a variety of limitations are now in effect until June 1. Citizens of the state are currently unable to leave unless they want medical attention, work in a critical field, or need to purchase necessary commodities.
A statement issued by the chief minister office (CMO) stated, “Though the positivity rate of the state is coming down, 10 to15 districts are reporting rapid growth in Covid-19 cases. There is also a rise in cases of mucormycosis. Active cases of the state have dropped to the tally of the highest cases recorded during the first wave. But we still need to be careful. Instead of completely lifting the lockdown, we will have to extend it from June 1 and also provide relaxations in the restrictions wherever necessary. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the state administration to take steps accordingly after discussing the same in the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday.”
Why it is difficult for the state to ease down restrictions?
“In 10 to 15 districts, the positivity rate is still very high. Besides, there is the threat of black fungus infection(found in recovering/recovered coronavirus patients).
“Today the daily case count has reduced and reached the numbers recorded in September last year. We still need to take precautions,” Thackeray said.
The lockdown-like curbs will not be lifted altogether after June 1, he said.
“The curbs will be extended and relaxed after some time in a phased manner,” the CM said.
The issue was discussed in detail in the cabinet meeting, the statement said. The state is under lockdown-like curbs since mid-April.