"Lockdown won't be lifted after 30 June. Things are not the same, the state government is very cautious in opening up things but the threat isn’t over yet,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his address to the state on Sunday.
CM Thackeray urged, “Do not travel unnecessarily. Always carry sanitiser and the use of the mask is mandatory. Do not think that lockdown is lifted from July 1.”
“People should not worry about the new medicines which we are taking to cure the COVID-19 contagion. The number of tests are increasing. Rapid test kits are coming in. ‘Chase the Virus’ which was launched in Mumbai, will be initiated all around the state where we want to tackle the virus before it attacks us,” he added.
Upon the lockdown extension, he said, “I want people in the state should make the decision. If the people are not following the norms of lockdown and social distancing, lockdown may be re-imposed in some parts.”
Talking about the farmers in the state, CM Thackeray said, “The movement has started in rural areas, farmers are working persistently. However, Marathwada, Vidarbha have raised several complaints about bogus seeds. I assure that strict action will be taken against the accused.”
While praising the people for celebrating festivals at home CM Thackeray said, "I want to thank people from all religions. Eid, Ram Navami, Ashadhi Ekadashi, all the festivals are being celebrated at home. Pandharpur Wari is an annual festival for decades in the state, this year, it will be a low key affair.”
Commenting further about the upcoming festivals in Maharashtra, he said, “There are a number of festivals such as Dahi Handi, Ganpati Festival, Mount Mary Fair and more but in the awake of COVID-19 people should celebrate the festivals with peace and harmony. I appeal to show constraint while celebrating Ganeshotsav. The idols shouldn't be more than four feet and rest will be discussed later.”
He also expressed his thoughts on the cyclone which hit Maharashtra recently. He said, “Nisarga Cyclone created havoc in Maharashtra as trees and electricity poles were uprooted resulting in destruction.”
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 1,59,133 with a record 5,318 new patients reported on Saturday, while the death tally due to the outbreak reached 7,273 with 167 deaths coming to light. The recovery rate in Maharashtra is 52.94 per cent while the case fatality rate is 4.57 per cent. 5,65,161 people are in-home quarantine and 36,925 are under institutional quarantine.