Covid: Maharashtra CM hints at lockdown; meeting with task force on Sunday

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday indicated the imposition of a strict lockdown within the state given the alarming rise in COVID-19 circumstances, as per some ministers and a senior BJP chief who attended an all-party assembly.

Senior NCP chief and minister Nawab Malik stated the CM will maintain talks with the state COVID-19 job drive on Sunday earlier than taking a choice.

“There is unanimity among the leaders who attended the meeting today that a lockdown or strict restrictions are necessary to break the transmission chain. The government will also consider providing a financial package to daily wagers as well as to the people whose livelihood will get affected (due to the lockdown). The meeting was held to arrive at a consensus on steps to be taken,” he advised reporters.


After the all-party meet, CMO advised in a sequence of tweets that lockdown is inevitable owing to the sudden surge in circumstances.


“If the Corona cycle is to be stopped, strict restrictions will have to be imposed, albeit temporarily. Saving lives must be the first priority. In this health emergency, the health and well-being of the citizens should be a priority. The suggestions made by the Leader of the Opposition will definitely be taken seriously, who has come up with good suggestions. The government will take action on the availability of remdesivir, early receipt of test reports, instruction to laboratories, careful planning to make oxygen available,” stated CMO.



“We will do all this but the question is how to stop the rapidly growing epidemic at the moment. People were at home in the lockdown last year. This makes it easier to do maximum contact tracing for each patient. Now that everything is open, the Centre should understand that there are practical difficulties in this. There is a great need to increase vaccination. The younger generation needs to be vaccinated. Pfizer is planning to vaccinate children in the 12 to 15 age group. It is the role of all to ensure that the poor, the working class and the poor do not suffer while imposing strict restrictions. Thinking in that regard is ongoing.


“Corona is focusing on everybody. My attraction to all celebration leaders is to assist no matter choice is taken with the general public’s well being in thoughts. The variety of sufferers is growing so quick that if a choice will not be made immediately a couple of lockdown, a state of affairs like a lockdown will routinely come tomorrow,” the Chief Minister’s Office said.


While Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said he would hold a meeting on Monday on working out a financial package for the sections whose livelihood will be impacted, his colleague Ashok Chavan said the “nature, scope and length of the lockdownwill be finalised quickly”.


“Though no formal choice on a lockdown has arrived on the all-party assembly, the chief minister seems to be in favour of a strict lockdown,” state BJP president Chandrakant Patil told reporters after the virtual meeting, which discussed the COVID-19 situation in the state for over two hours.


Apart from prominent ministers from the ruling Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, state Congress president Nana Patole and other leaders also attended the meeting.


“The BJP feels a lockdown is critical, however the authorities ought to first work out a monetary bundle for the individuals who will likely be affected,” Chandrakant Patil said.


Patole said his party was in support of whatever decision the CM takes.


“However, Congress desires the lockdown to be much less problematic, in contrast to the final 12 months. We assist a monetary bundle for the affected inhabitants. The Opposition stated {that a} monetary bundle must be introduced first,” he stated.


Meanwhile, Patole blamed the rise in optimistic circumstances in Maharashtra on the “poor provide” of vaccines.


State PWD Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said the state government’s priority is to save the lives and livelihood of the people.


“The nature, scope and durationof a lockdownwill be finalised quickly,” he stated.


Maharashtra on Saturday reported 55,411 contemporary coronavirus optimistic circumstances and 309 fatalities, taking the tally to 33,43,951 and the toll to 57,638, the state well being division stated.


Maharashtra is now left with 5,36,682 lively circumstances.


A complete of 53,005 individuals have been discharged in the course of the day, taking the rely of recoveries in Maharashtra up to now to 27,48,153, it stated in a launch.


The case restoration price is 82.18 per cent whereas the fatality price is 1.72 per cent.


With 2,19,977 new checks, the entire variety of samples examined up to now in Maharashtra has gone as much as 2,18,51,235, the division stated.


The case positivity price in Maharashtra is 15.3 per cent.


Currently, 30,41,080 persons are in house quarantine whereas 25,297 others stay admitted in institutional quarantine within the state, it stated.


Mumbai on Saturday reported 9,330 contemporary circumstances and 28 deaths, taking the rely of infections to five,10,512 and the toll to 11,944.


Mumbai division, comprising Mumbai and satellite tv for pc cities, reported 18,241 new circumstances and 89 deaths in the course of the day, elevating the tally to 10,64,221 and the fatality rely to 21,028, as per the division.


Nashik division added 7,856 circumstances, together with 1,944 in Nashik metropolis.


Pune division reported 11,749 infections, together with 4,925 in Pune metropolis.