Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray hints at lockdown if current COVID-19 situation prevails

CM Uddhav Thackeray flagged his concerns over people breaking safety protocols by not wearing masks and maintained that “there could be a shortage of healthcare infrastructure if the COVID19 situation deteriorates.”

The wrath of coronavirus continues to proliferate leading to a rapid spike in cases across Maharashtra. On Thursday, the state reported 43,183 cases, the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced that the possibility of lockdown cannot be ruled out if the current COVID-19 situation prevails.

Advertisement

“I cannot rule out imposing a lockdown if the current COVID19 situation prevails. People have become complacent”, Maha CM Thackeray said while addressing a press conference on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the CM hosted talks with Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar hinting at imposing additional restrictions in the state to control the situation. An ANI report quoted an official pointing out, the rising Covid-19 cases have mounted pressure on the health infrastructure and some strict measures will have to be taken.

In a conference on Friday evening, Thackeray also informed that in the coming days the state aims to conduct 2.5 lakh RT-PCR tests daily and mentioned that 65 lakh COVID19 vaccine doses have been administered in Maharashtra, including 3 lakh vaccine doses yesterday (Thursday).

The Shiv Sena Chief further flagged his concerns over people breaking safety protocols by not wearing masks and maintained that “there could be a shortage of healthcare infrastructure if the COVID19 situation deteriorates.”

Emphasizing the seriousness of the surging Covid-19 cases, Mr Thackeray in a conference on Friday, highlighted the importance of following the rules and urged the people to avoid crowing at places.

Concluding his address to the people of Maharashtra, CM Uddhav Thackeray hinted at a lockdown in the state and asserted that strict restrictions will be issued to curb COVID19 within a couple of days. He also highlighted that in any advent of increasing Covid-19 cases, the state might suffer a shortage of healthcare infrastructure in the next 15-20 days.

“In a couple of days, strict restrictions will be issued to curb COVID19. If the number of cases keeps increasing, there could be a shortage of healthcare infrastructure in the next 15-20 days”, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday.

In a shocking turn of events, an ANI report suggested that Maharashtra reported 47,827 new COVID19 cases and 202 deaths today on Friday (March 02, 2021). The total number of cases reported is 29,04,076.

Hitherto, Maharashtra has seen an unprecedented spike in Coronavirus cases and the government is trying its best to contain the spread of the pandemic.