Mumbai: Maharashtra administration has been grappling with the surging number of Coronavirus cases for the past few weeks. To curb the rising number of fresh cases, state government has issued new Covid guidelines whereas it also plans to reinforce the lockdown in the state, even though the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray doesn’t want it.
On Sunday, expressing his disinterest in imposing lockdown during a press conference in Mumbai Mr Thackeray said, “I do not want to impose it but ‘majboori’ (helplessness) is also something.”
Urging the people of his state to wear masks and follow Covid guideline to avoid lockdown, Chief Minister also said that he is continuously monitoring the situation.
The condition in Maharashtra is worsening with 8,293 new coronavirus cases, 3,753 recoveries, and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the State Health Department Sunday report.
So far, a total of 52,154 people have died due to COVID-19 in the state while as many as 20,24,704 people have recovered from the disease.
Meanwhile, restrictions have been stepped up in the drictrict of Pune, Yavatmal, Amravati, Nagpur, Buldhana, Hingoli.
The district mayor of Pune on Sunday extended the restrictions imposed earlier, stating that all schools, colleges and private coaching classes will remain shut in the district until March 14. In addition to this, no public movement will also be allowed between 11 pm to 6 am.
Furthermore, a curfew was imposed in the Yavatmal district on Friday. The restriction will remain in effect on weekends from 5 pm on Saturday from 9 am on Monday, however, essential services will continue to be offered.
Amravati district has also extended the lockdown by another week till March 8, while restrictions have been imposed for the weekend in Nagpur and Buldhana.
The Hingoli local administration has imposed a curfew in the district from March 1 to 7 .
In view of the surging COVID-19 cases in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said on February 21 that the following eight days would decide whether there will be a lockdown in the state or not.