Mumbai: As expected earlier, considering the increasing number of cases in Maharashtra, the ongoing lockdown in the state has been extended till May 31.
This is the fourth consecutive extension of lockdown that was first imposed on March 24th.
Declaring the news, Ajoy Mehta, Chief Secretary said that since the state is threatened with the spread of the COVID19 pandemic, it was expedient to extend the lockdown in Maharashtra till midnight May 31.
Maharashtra is the country's worst-hit by the pandemic, recording 30,706 cases and 1,135 fatalities. Mumbai is the worst-hit hotspot, with 696 deaths and 18,555 patients to date, and counting. The state also has the highest testing rate in the country and has been actively tracing positive people, along with their contacts.
Since the imposed lockdown, the state has taken various measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Various facilities have been turned into quarantine centres, and the state is work towards increasing its capacity to treat patients.
The state has also been working towards sending migrant workers home through specially organized Shramik trains.
The worst-hit cities in the state - Mumbai and Pune - are the economic backbone of Maharashtra. Where major offices and industry hubs are caught in the lockdown and the state is striving hard to come back on track.
During the meeting with PM Modi, the state has made some suggestions for relaxations in a few aspects of the lockdown. The most anticipated relaxation is opening of offices and public transport.
Officials have said that further details of the lockdown 4.0 order would be made available later.
With Input from IANS