Maharashtra lockdown will continue after till April 30, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Saturday. A day after Odisha decided to extend the lockdown, the Maharashtra government announced the same.
In an address to the state, Thackeray said that it was imperative because of the prevailing circumstances and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and casualties in the state.
“The lockdown until ‘at least’ April 30 will be successful only if we strictly follow the social-distancing and stay at home. I am using the word at least purposely as if we do not follow the rules and continue to roam around, we will have to extend it again,” the Chief Minister said while addressing the state.
During the briefing, he said that 60 to 70 per cent out of the total 1000 coronavirus patients in Mumbai had mild or very mild symptoms. He further added, patients who died of COVID-19 had other ailments and had come to hospitals in the last stages.
Highlighting the mutual fight put up by the various states in coordination with the Centre, Uddhav Thackeray also said that politics should not be played over the coronavirus outburst.
He said details of the protocols to be followed during the extended lockdown would be announced later.
The chief minister of Maharashtra also participated in a video conferencing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The Prime Minister held a video conference with chief ministers of every state primarily to take their feedback on the 21-day nationwide lockdown be extended beyond April 14 to stalk the flow of the infections.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s total number of COVID-19 cases has reached over 1,300. Out of the total cases, over half are from Mumbai alone.