Maharashtra state government explained that the lockdown in the state amid the coronavirus spread will not be extended. Lockdown will not be reinstated in the state, tweeted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office. CM Uddhav Thackeray also urged people to avoid crowding in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19. At current, the lockdown is enforced in Maharashtra till June 30.
The Maharashtra CMO tweeted, "Lockdown will not be re-announced. Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has requested and appealed to the people not to crowd anywhere. Follow the instructions given by the government and take care of yourself.” The statement from the CMO issued after many reports made buzz that the state administration may further extend lockdown in the wake of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
Earlier on Wednesday, CM Uddhav Thackeray had said that lockdown could be re-imposed again if the reductions to the coronavirus lockdown turn out to be dangerous.
"If the relaxations to the lockdown start turning out to be risky, we will be compelled to re-impose the lockdown," said a tweet from Maharashtra CMO.
The CMO in another tweet said, "The Govt is taking cautious steps for ‘Mission Begin Again’. Like we imposed the lockdown in phases, it will have to be lifted in a phased manner. The danger is yet to pass. But, we cannot bring the economic cycle to a grinding halt even as we fight Corona.”
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in the state continue to surge with the number crossing 97,648. On the other side, India on Friday reported its highest-ever mark of 10,956 cases, with 396 deaths in one day.
500 ADDITIONAL ICU BEDS
Rajesh Tope, Health Minister of the state said 500 additional ICU beds will be made accessible within a week in Mumbai which is badly hit city in the state. He recommended limited recommencement of suburban train services.
The recovery rate of patients in the city is now 50 per cent. The number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in Dharavi which was the hotbed of the infection has also come down meaningfully.