Pointing to a post-festival hike in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister hinted that the state may be undergoing another lockdown but the decision will be taken after 8-10 days.
With Maharashtra witnessing a massive rise in coronavirus cases after the festival season, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has hinted at the reimposition of lockdown in the state in the coming days.
Ajit Pawar said, “There was a huge crowd during the Diwali period. Even at the time of Ganesha Chaturthi, we saw crowds. We are speaking to relevant departments. We’ll review the situation for the next 8-10 days and then the further decision will be taken about the lockdown.”
Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar’s statement comes hours before CM Uddhav Thackeray is expected to make an address to the state at 8 pm.
While the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) says that the coronavirus situation in Mumbai is completely under control, data from the last couple of days has shown a steady rise in the number of positive cases.
Medical experts have warned that the surge in coronavirus numbers post-Diwali could be due to reverse migration and other factors. Experts say people need to be more careful and that the time period from Diwali to New Year will be critical for Mumbai.
Earlier this week Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray held a review meet with Deputy Municipal Commissioners (DMCs) of BMC, in presence of the Collector and Additional Municipal Commissioner to assess the coronavirus situation in Mumbai.
Thackeray said that the administration is working on measures to ensure that the third coronavirus wave does not hit the state capital Mumbai.
“Every official, minister of the government is reviewing the situation and trying to ensure the third wave of coronavirus does not hit Mumbai. Even if it does, we should be well prepared for it. We have adequate oxygen cylinders, ventilators and ICU beds to handle the situation. Moreover, we are focusing on prevention and creating as much awareness as possible regarding coronavirus protocols, especially the use of face masks,” he said.
He further added, “Until the coronavirus vaccine comes, face masks are the most effective precaution against coronavirus. As the cities are unlocking, we are seeing crowds swelling up again but each person should wear a mask and ensure social distancing.”