Maharashtra Lockdown Latest Update Today: Amid rising cases of coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday warned that the state might impose COVID restrictions if the cases continue to rise, and people don’t follow guidelines. After reviewing the situation in the state in meeting with the COVID Task Force, the chief minister said the people should use face masks, vaccinate themselves and follow discipline if they don’t wish to experience COVID restrictions again.Also Read – Is Maharashtra Planning To Mandate Face Masks Amid Rising Covid Cases? Minister Drops Big Hint
“If people don’t want restrictions again, they should follow discipline on their own. Use masks, observe physical distance, sanitize and vaccinate,” he said. He further added that the COVID cases have risen by seven-fold in the last one-and-half month. Also Read – Will Maharashtra Impose COVID Restrictions in View of Rising Cases? CM Uddhav Calls Task Force Meet Today
Maharashtra to observe Covid trend for 15 days
Talking about imposing curbs in the state, the chief minister said the government will keep a watch over the situation for a fortnight. Also Read – 8 Injured as Nigerian Man Attacks People With Knife in South Mumbai’s Churchgate: Police
The warning from the chief minister comes as Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 1,045 new coronavirus infections and one death, taking the active tally to 4,559. The state’s caseload stands at 78,89,212, and death toll is 1,47,861.
Citing expert opinion that the number of cases was likely to rise further, the CM said the state will keep a watch for the next 15 days and in this time, the citizens should follow COVID appropriate behaviour to avoid further spread.
Preparation for COVID surge:
Furthermore, he asked the officials to keep ready field hospitals, constructed during the peak of the pandemic, as well as take stock of existing health infrastructure.
Saying that the schools will reopen soon, he asked the authorities to seek information about what decisions have been taken in other places about safety of children and what are the chances of them getting infected.
He also urged the people to get themselves tested if they were experiencing cold, cough and throat irritation.
“Wear masks in crowded public places. Vaccination of the 12-18 age group should be expedited and booster dose should be taken. Oxygen and medicines should be kept on standby. Monsoon-related illnesses have symptoms like COVID 19 and, hence, doctors should advice their patients to get themselves tested,” Thackeray said.
Corona cases in Mumbai:
Mumbai witnessed 704 cases during the day, Thane, Pune and some other urban areas are driving the surge and account for 97 per cent of the tally. Mumbai’s positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, stood at 6 per cent, double that of the state, which was 3 per cent.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra recorded 1,081 new cases and zero fatalities. The increase in cases on Wednesday was the highest since February 24. As many as 26,278 coronavirus tests were conducted since previous evening, which raised the tally of samples tested so far to 8,09,51,360.