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Amidst rising number of Delta Plus cases, Maharashtra Government likely to re-impose COVID-19 induced restrictions

During a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday, June 23, it was reportedly decided to impose stricter restrictions in order to contain the spread of the disease.

Amidst rising number of Delta Plus cases, Maharashtra Government likely to re-impose COVID-19 induced restrictions
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Even though cases of coronavirus have witnessed a decline in the past couple of weeks, the danger has not completely been averted yet.

During a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday, June 23, it was reportedly decided to impose stricter restrictions in order to contain the spread of the disease. Moreover, with the prevalence of the rising number of Delta Plus variant of coronavirus cases in the state, the state government has become more alert in order to avert a possible third wave. Earlier, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had informed that 21 patients of the Delta Plus variant have been found in Maharashtra as of now.

Meanwhile, the five-tier system of relaxation of restrictions will reportedly be changed, and there are indications that shop hours will be reduced again. The decision was taken 20 days ago to relax the strict restrictions imposed for the last two-and-a-half months to break the COVID-19 chain. Accordingly, the districts in the state were divided into 5 tiers.

The policy was to implement these restrictions more or less on a weekly basis depending on the situation. For the last three weeks, restrictions are being imposed at the municipal and district level as per this policy. However, the number of cases being reported every day has increased since the relaxation of the lockdown norms. Therefore, it has been reported that a re-imposition of restrictions is likely.

On the other hand, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) earlier on Monday, June 21, issued fresh orders stating that Level-3 restrictions will remain in Mumbai till June 27.

The officials claim that in view of the large population in the city, daily commuters in local trains and a possibility of a third wave, the civic body is delaying the unlocking.

According to the order, Mumbai has a positivity rate of 3.8 per cent and the oxygen bed occupancy was 23.6 per cent. The order further said that the decision may be reviewed later.

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