Coronavirus LIVE Updates: All eyes on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s meeting with the state Covid-19 task force today as a decision on a 15-day ‘strict’ lockdown could be taken amid alarming rise in coronavirus cases, senior NCP leader and minister Nawab Malik said. Maharashtra’s overall Covid-19 case tally stood at 33,43,951 as on Saturday while the overall death toll is 57,638. The state is now left with 5,36,682 active cases.
“The number of patients is increasing so fast that if we do not decide on a lockdown today, a lockdown-like situation will automatically arise tomorrow. Today the situation is getting worse. We are also constantly considering Covid-19 task force experts in the state. On the one hand there is a public sentiment but on the other hand, there is an outbreak of coronavirus, in which case if you want to win this battle you have to go through some hardships,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) quoted him as saying.
Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole blamed the rise in coronavirus positive cases in the state on the “poor supply” of vaccines. 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 duration of a lockdown will be finalised soon,” he said.
On the other hand, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani are not in the favour of a lockdown. While Kejriwal said that lockdown is “not an option” but some restrictions will be put in place in the national capital which is reeling under the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Rupani said that Gujarat is not willing to impose complete restrictions considering the problems faced by the poor people.
Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown in several cities, including commercial hub Indore, till April 19. Besides, the lockdown in some other districts has been extended till April 22, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajesh Rajora informed.
At present, the lockdown is in force in all urban areas of the state till 6 am on Monday. The decision to extend the lockdown was taken at a meeting held by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with district crisis management committees via video conferencing.
Speaking on the extension, Rajora said, “Lockdown will be in force in Indore city, Rau, Mhow, Shajapur city and some districts like Ujjain, Barwani, Rajgarh and Vidisha till 6am on April 19.” Lockdown will be in force from April 12 till the morning of April 22 in Balaghat, Narsinghpur and Seoni districts as well as Jabalpur city, and orders under section 144 of CrPC will be issued by respective collectors soon, Rajora added.