Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said today that the number of daily coronavirus cases in Mumbai – one of the worst affected cities in the country – has doubled in recent days. Calling the Covid situation in the state “serious,” Mr Thackeray, in a virtual address, said it would take a few weeks to determine whether the current upsurge in daily figures is a new wave of infections. He also warned people to follow coronavirus protocols to avoid another lockdown.
“Do we need a lockdown? If you behave responsibly, we’ll find out within the next eight days. Those who don’t want a lockdown will wear a mask. Those who want a lockdown won’t wear a mask. So put on a mask and say ‘no’ to the lockdown, ”he said.
“Whether it’s a second wave or not, we’ll figure that out in the next 8 to 15 days,” he added.
After a three-month lull, Maharashtra, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, reported more than 6,000 cases as of Friday. Today, the state has recorded 6,971 cases and 35 deaths. Mumbai, the state capital, recorded 921 infections.
“The coronavirus numbers are on the rise… the state was reporting around 2,000 to 2,500 cases per day; now it reports nearly 7,000 … active cases have gone from 40,000 to 53,000 … last year the numbers we were getting during the Covid peak are almost equal to what we are getting now. .. just think what the numbers would be like when we hit the top again, ”he added.
Mr Thackeray said local governments have been allowed to impose restrictions in the worst affected districts.
“In Amravati, Akola and in many places, we have asked the officers to donate a day and then announce the restrictions and the lockdown, wherever such measures are needed,” he said.
He said he had ordered the state administration to ban political, religious and social gatherings that require the presence of large numbers.
“I ordered that after tomorrow’s event, where I only asked for those necessary to attend, political, religious and social events be banned for a few days … you are promoting your party , not the coronavirus, ”he said.
The Maharashtra government said today that Amravati District will be placed under lockdown for a week from Monday.
240 new strains of the coronavirus have surfaced across India, which are behind the new wave of infections seen since last week, said Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of Maharashtra’s COVID-19 task force , at The Bharat Express News.