As the number of COVID-19 cases increases across the country, restrictions are coming into force again. In order to curb the surge, many states are taking strict actions and ensuring strict enforcement.
So far, Maharashtra has recorded more than 1.7 million COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, the state reported more than 5,750 new coronavirus cases.
As Maharashtra witnessed a massive increase in COVID-19 cases after the festival season, Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister, hinted that the state would be re-imposed lockdown in the next few days.
Ajit Pawar said: There was a tremendous crowd during Diwali. Even during Ganesha Chaturthi, we saw crowds. We are speaking to appropriate authorities.
During Diwali, there was a huge crowd as if Corona itself died due to heavy crowd. Now there are predictions that 2nd wave may come. Govt has made a lot of regulations to start schools which includes different ways as to how they should be sanitized: Maharashtra Deputy CM https://t.co/P4VxVnZYhF— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2020
We will review the situation in the next 8-10 days and then make further decisions on the lockdown.
The statement by the Deputy CM of Maharastra, Ajit Pawar, comes hours before CM Uddhav Thackeray addresses the state this evening.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, told the public in his address on Sunday that as long as the people can take preventive measures, the state government is willing to take responsibility.
Besides this, although Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stated that the COVID-19 situation in Mumbai has been fully controlled, but data from the last two days show that the number of positive cases has steadily increased.
Medical experts warned that the sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 after Diwali may be due to reverse migration and other factors. Experts say that people need to be more cautious, and the time from Diwali to New Year is crucial to Mumbai.
Earlier this week, Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister, and BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC) held a review meeting, with other municipal commissioners and collectors to assess the deadly virus situation in Mumbai.
Thackeray said that the administration is taking measures to ensure that the third wave of coronavirus does not hit Mumbai.
Every government official and minister are reviewing the situation and trying to ensure that the third wave of COVID-19 disease will not hit Mumbai.
Even if it does, we should be fully prepared for this. We have enough oxygen cylinders, ICU beds, and ventilators, to deal with this situation. In addition to this, we are working to prevent and learn as much as possible about the coronavirus protocols, especially the use of masks, he stated.
He further added that before the emergence of the COVID-19 vaccine, masks are the most effective preventive measures against the deadly COVID-19 disease.
As cities unlock, we are seeing the crowd swell again, but everyone should wear a mask and make sure to follow social distancing norms.
On Saturday, 5,760 new infections were reported, and the total number of coronavirus infections in the state has risen to 1,774,456. At least 62 people died due to the deadly infectious disease, and the cumulative death toll reached 46,573.
Almost 4,088 patients were discharged from the hospital in the day, and the recovery rate rose to 16,47,004. Currently, there are 79,873 active cases in the state.
In Mumbai, 1,093 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 2,74,579, while the death toll rose by 17 to 10,656. So far, the state has conducted over 1,01,20,400 tests.
The Mumbai division, consisting of satellite towns and Mumbai city, reported 1,977 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 6,15,499. So far, 18,485 people have died in the region. In the Pune division, deaths due to the deadly virus stood at 10,493, and the number of coronavirus cases stood at 4,44,534.