Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who has stated he can’t rule out a lockdown to fight the spike in coronavirus instances within the state, will lead a cupboard meet at present to debate the state of affairs.
The assembly – to be performed through video conferencing to take care of social distancing – is predicted to make clear additional guidelines and measures to be enforced to manage the unfold of the virus.
Maharashtra reported practically 50,000 new instances on Saturday – round 60 per cent of all instances reported from throughout the nation on that day. On Friday the state reported round 48,000 instances.
State capital Mumbai reported over 9,000 instances on Saturday – probably the most in a day for the reason that pandemic started in December final yr. On Friday the town reported over 8,800 new instances.
Pune, one of many largest cities within the state, has additionally reported alarming figures; on Friday the district administration ordered a 12-hour evening curfew and the shutting down of purchasing malls, non secular locations, and resorts and bars for every week, in addition to that of public buses.
According to the centre, eight of the highest 10 worst-affected districts in India are from Maharashtra.
The state’s medical infrastructure – battered after earlier waves of infections – is below extra stress.
On Saturday the Chief Minister warned that rising day by day demand for oxygen cylinders would quickly drive him to divert these meant for industrial use as nicely. Last week the Mumbai civic physique warned of a scarcity of beds because it prepped for a possible 10,000 new instances per day.
On Friday Mr Thackeray, who has beforehand shied away from imposing a full lockdown, additionally warned of a “Catch-22 situation” – one by which such a drastic step couldn’t be dominated out, even on the potential catastrophic value to the financial system, if the surge in instances continued.
“I cannot rule out imposing a lockdown if current Covid situation prevails. People have become complacent. We are in a Catch-22 situation – should we look at economy or health?” he stated.
“If this condition continues, I have told you already that in 15 days we will exhaust our infrastructure. So today I am giving a warning of a lockdown. Not announcing a lockdown yet. But if I don’t find a solution in two days after speaking to more people, then I have no option,” he stated.
The persevering with spike in instances has led to Maharashtra being recognized as a state of “grave concern” by the centre, which has rushed groups of medical consultants to the state.
Parallel to Mr Thackeray assembly his cupboard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a gathering with senior authorities officers in New Delhi, with the state of affairs in Maharashtra on the agenda.
The centre has already requested states to take sturdy motion to implement Covid-appropriate protocols, together with the usage of face masks and sustaining social distance. The rising laxity in implementing these measures, the centre feels, is the explanation some states are seeing a spike in instances
Some scientists, although, have pointed to the proliferation of mutant strains – comparable to these from the United Kingdom, Brazil or South Africa, in addition to the “double mutant” pressure present in Maharashtra in December final yr – as a doable cause.
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