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Maharashtra Covid caseload reaches 2.5 million, govt may consider lockdown

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Maharashtra Covid caseload reaches 2.5 million, govt may consider lockdown

Mumbai: As Maharashtra Covid-19 caseload hit 25 lakh mark, the worry for state administration heightens to curb the spread of the pandemic which is rallying India closer to the 10th highest ranking country in infections, after Germany with 2.6 million. Maharashtra’s estimated population is over 120 million.

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Earlier too, the authorities discussed the need for lockdown, while Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had lined up a review meeting on Tuesday to impose lockdown in some of the state’s biggest urban centres.

On Monday, Public health minister Rajesh Tope said the chief minister “is worried”, and that if people continued to violate Covid-19 guidelines, government wouldn’t have any choice but to impose another strict lockdown in certain cities.

“The chief minister is worried… We will take a decision tomorrow (Tuesday) on the next course of action,’’ he said, adding that the surge in Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune, in particular, was worrisome.

What is more daunting is continuously increasing caseload in Maharashtra for last few days. State’s last 2.5 lakh cases have come in barely 12 days as against the 48 days taken for the previous 2.5 lakh.

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On Monday, reports suggested a dip in daily detections in Maharashtra and Mumbai due to fewer tests on Sunday (detections correspond to tests done a day prior). Due to which Maharashtra registered 20% decrease to 24,645 while Mumbai’s daily caseload fell 14% from 3,779 to 3,262.

As of now, total caseload in Mumbai stands at 3.65 lakh and 11,596 deaths. The state’s total fatalities are at 53,457 with the fresh addition of 58.

Tope also alleged that other states like Uttar Pradesh and Kerala were not conducting enough tests. “There are many states where elections are scheduled and are having rallies. Gujarat is hosting IPL matches and there is no social distancing being followed there,’’ he said, adding, “Maharashtra has followed all Central government protocols to the fullest.”

Meanwhile, Kalyan-Dombivli have hit highest record with 686 recorded  cases in a single-day count. The tally has climbed to 71,260 and with two deaths, the toll has reached 1,228.

In Thane, 590 cases and three deaths were reported on Monday, taking the Covid tally to 63,495 and toll to 1,371. While, in Navi Mumbai, 404 positive cases were registered, taking total count to 60,020, whereas one death was also reported which increased the toll to 1,153.covi

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