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As Maha’tra Covid cases rise, Mumbai minister hints at partial lockdown soon

By Saima Siddiqui 
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As Maha’tra Covid cases rise, Mumbai minister hints at partial lockdown soon

Mumbai: Mumbai: As fresh cases of the deadly Coronavirus rises in the state, the guardian minister for Mumbai, Aslam Shaikh, on Sunday dropped hints at a partial lockdown soon to control the worsening situation. Covid-19 cases in the state spiked beyond 11,000 on Sunday, hitting a 142-day high of 11,141, while, Mumbai recorded a 131-day high of 1,361 for the same day.

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The public health department also held a meeting where it gave a presentation before the cabinet chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray, who expressed concern over the increasing number of cases in many districts, with the active caseloads of some as high as the peak period of September. As per sources, the possibility of a partial lockdown was discussed in the meeting.

With such rising numbers, the state of Maharashtra may hit 2 lakh active cases tally by April.

Active cases in Maharashtra inched close to a lakh (97,983), and in Mumbai (9,319) threatened to reach 10,000, as per the state’s health department bulletin.

To analyse the cause of increasing cases and the worsening situation in the southern state, another Central team will visit Maharashtra to study Coronavirus impact in the state.

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“Local lockdowns, which are limited to a district, are not proving very effective as people are moving from one district to another through public transport. The situation will be monitored for the next two weeks before any decision,” said a source.

As per reports, state’s weekly positivity rate has breached 11% with 16 districts having a higher positivity rate than the state average. Incidentally, Aurangabad district in Marathwada has the highest weekly positivity rate (24%) followed by Akola (23%) in Vidarbha.

The rate in Mumbai’s suburbs is 7.6% as per data presented to the cabinet. 

Earlier too, the  Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had cited “majbooi” to reinforce the lockdown in the state, even though he didn’t want it. He had also urged the people of his state to wear masks and follow Covid guideline to avoid lockdown.

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