Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray calls for patience as Maharashtra plans re-opening from lockdown

ST Staff
Friday, 1 May 2020

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the State on Friday on the occasion of Maharashtra Day. While addressing, he called for patience from citizens who are battling the coronavirus lockdown.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the State on Friday on the occasion of Maharashtra Day. While addressing, he called for patience from citizens who are battling the coronavirus lockdown.

 

“We are taking slow and careful steps towards re-opening the state, but if we did it in a hurry, it would refute all that we have attained so far,” he said.

 

About 14 districts in Maharashtra are in red zones and confirming the news Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “After 3 May when the lockdown ends, it is significant to re-open districts in accordance to the detachment in categories of red zones, orange zones and green zones.”

He called the lockdown imposition because of coronavirus a ‘speed breaker’ in terms of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

“People will turn around and say, ‘what was the use of the lockdown even if cases are increasing’. I see it as a speed breaker in terms of cases or as the Singaporean Prime Minister called it, a circuit-breaker, so consider it as that,” he explained.

He further stated that Maharashtra is taking support from the AYUSH Ministry to treat coronavirus cases in the State. “Municipal, state as well as private doctors, are all in touch with the state medical task force,” he said.

Commenting about the agricultural activities, Uddhav Thackeray said that we are re-opening the State gradually, but there will be no stop on agricultural activities.

While addressing the State, he also suggested slow movement of migrant labourers. He said that people who have been given consent to go back to their homes should do so patiently and not all at once; otherwise, the permission will be denied.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra is worse-hit states in the country with coronavirus cases crossing the mark of 10,000.

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