Even after a sharp surge of COVID 19 cases, the Maharashtra government are not planning to impose a lockdown in the state. All the speculations about the lockdown come to rest for now.
News Agency ANI reported that the review meeting included Deputy Cm Ajit Pawar, Health Minister Rajesh Tope and senior government officers in Mumbai.
On Tuesday, Mumbai Mayor had said that if cases surge more than the 20,000 mark then there will be a lockdown that led to a lot of rumours and speculations about a potential lockdown in the state. Mayor Kishori Pednekar appealed to people to wear triple-layered masks while travelling in public transports and follow all COVID 19 protocols.
Maharashtra: Amid rising cases of COVID-19 infection, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar chairs a meeting with Health Minister Rajesh Tope and senior govt officers in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/uOvzA4c7L3Advertisement
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Following this, Rajesh Tope clarified that imposing a lockdown in the state is not being discussed at present.
“The government will take decisions about restrictions by taking into consideration the case positivity rate, hospital bed occupancy and oxygen consumption,” Tope told reporters.
He further added that if the daily oxygen requirement crosses 700 metric tons then the state will ‘automatically’ go into lockdown.
On Tuesday Maharashtra lodged 18,466 fresh COVID 19 cases with a rise of over 6,303 cases as compared to the previous day and 20 deaths, according to the state health department. Maharashtra now sees over 67,30,494 COVID 19 cases and the death toll of over 1,41,573.
There were a lot of speculations around of will there be a lockdown in Maharashtra or a Weekend curfew as other states have imposed such restrictions already. However, the Maharashtra government are now following the night curfew and will most likely announce other lockdown-like guidelines soon. Mumbai and Pune have shut schools down for Classes 1 to 9th to keep the children safe from the virus.
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