Maharashtra government extends lockdown till June 15 to curb COVID spread
Uddhav Thackeray said that even after decline in daily coronavirus cases, current numbers in Maharashtra are near the peak of the previous wave.
Mumbai: Cautioning people against a third wave of Covid infections and asking them not to lower their guard, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced that the restrictions imposed in the state to curb the spread of the infection will be extended till June 15.
During the address, Uddhav said that even after decline in daily coronavirus cases, current numbers in Maharashtra are near the peak of the previous wave. He added that coronavirus cases are rising in some districts of Maharashtra.
Speaking on the Covid-19 situation and lockdown-like restrictions in Maharashtra, Thackeray said, "I don't think that there is anything worse than having to impose restrictions on your own people. It is a very tough decision that we had to take because the safety of our citizens is the most important thing for us.
"As per the data, the numbers have dropped indeed, but not as much as we would want it to. We have a 92% recovery rate which is a very good sign. But even then, we are at the levels of last year's peak."
Advising caution to prevent children from getting infected, he said, "The third wave (of Covid) can infect kids. But one should not worry as experts say they have more immunity. But if they get infected, it will be through us. So we have to take care of that."
Maharashtra government later in the evening today released a fresh set of guidelines for the lockdown which has been extended for another 15 days.
Under the fresh set of guidelines, all essential shops that are currently allowed to operate between 7-11 am may be allowed to operate between 7 am to 2 pm. Click here for the full guidelines.
Uddhav, during the address, added, "Can't say when the third wave of coronavirus will come; we shouldn't let our guard down. Need to ensure that even if there is a 3rd wave of Covid-19, the economy should keep moving. We will look at tightening restrictions in some districts and giving relaxations in some."
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