Maharashtra Dy CM Ajit Pawar warns of harsh steps amid rising COVID-19 cases cases in the state

Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has described the sudden rise in COVID cases in Maharashtra as alarming and has warned of some harsh decision as well asking the people of Maharashtra to be prepared. He also expressed unhappiness over people not following guidelines put in place in regards to the deadly contagious disease.

"I have come across reports that people are not following the COVID-19 guidelines which are aimed at checking the spread of the infection. If the situation worsens, we may need to pay heavy cost for this carelessness.

"The number of new cases in the state is alarming. We have seen that lockdown was imposed in many parts of the world again in view of the second wave of the pandemic," the Deputy Chief Minister said.

The fresh coronavirus cases reported on February 15 took the COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra to 20,67,643. 23 more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the fatality count to 51,522.