Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today acknowledged that the amount of daily coronavirus cases in Mumbai – one among the country’s worst-hit cities – has doubled over the previous couple of days. Calling the Covid situation within the state “serious”, Mr Thackeray, during a virtual address, said it might take a few of weeks to determine if the present upsurge in daily figures may be a fresh wave of infections. He also warned people to follow coronavirus protocols to avoid another lockdown.
“Do we’d like a lockdown? If you behave responsibly, we’ll know within the next 8 days. those that don’t need a lockdown, will wear a mask. those that need a lockdown, won’t wear one. So wear a mask and say ‘No’ to the lockdown,” he said.
“Whether this is often a second wave or not, we’ll understand this within the coming 8 to fifteen days,” he added.
After a lull of three months, Maharashtra, which has the very best number of coronavirus cases within the country, reported over 6,000 cases last Friday. Today, the state recorded 6,971 cases and 35 deaths. Mumbai, the capital , logged 921 infections.
“The coronavirus figures are rising…the state was reporting around 2,000-2,500 daily cases; now, it’s reporting nearly 7,000…active cases have jumped from 40,000 to 53,000…last year, the numbers that we had been getting during the Covid peak are almost adequate to what we are becoming now…just think what would be the figures once we hit the height again,” he added.
Mr Thackeray said that local administrations are permitted to put restrictions within the worst-affected districts.
“In Amravati, Akola and lots of places, we’ve asked the officers to offer each day then announce restrictions and lockdown, wherever such steps are needed,” he said.
He said he has ordered the state administration to ban political, religious and social gatherings that need attendance of an outsized number of individuals .
“I have ordered that after tomorrow’s event, where I even have asked only those needed to attend, political, religious and social events are going to be banned for a few days…you promote your party, not coronavirus,” he said.
The Maharashtra government today said that Amravati district are going to be placed under lockdown for every week from Monday.
240 new strains of the coronavirus have surfaced across India, which are behind the fresh surge of infections being seen since last week, Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Maharashtra’s COVID-19 Task Force, has told.