CM warns about another strict lockdown if the COVID-19 cases rise in Maharashtra

CM warns about another strict lockdown if the COVID-19 cases rise in Maharashtra

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have significantly reduced across several districts of Maharashtra and the state government has eased restrictions with an aim to allow public resume their daily duties. However, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray informed the citizens that the state government would impose a lockdown once again if the COVID-19 cases increase in the state. The statement was made while addressing the people at the inauguration of a COVID-19 at the Kalina Campus, on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Several relaxations were permitted in the state which has led to crowding, eventually increasing the spread of COVID-19. Experts have also warned the state about the delta variant and the third COVID-19 wave. Considering the same, the CM said that the government will issue fresh lockdown guidelines if the state notices an increasing demand for oxygen, i.e. above 700 metric tonnes. 

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To ensure public safety, he also appealed to the political parties and associations to not conduct rallies, protest, etc. which could increase the threat of COVID-19 again. Stringent restrictions will be imposed if the citizens are observed flouting COVID-19 rules. 

As of now, the government has allowed certain activites to resume in the city. Schools and colleges are reopening across Maharashtra. However, the second wave isn't over yet and the experts have warned about the third wave which could affect the city if the crowding continues, he said. Meanwhile, the civic bodies are working towards improving the vaccination drive across the city. 

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, added that the state government is working towards improving the health facilities in many districts and the decisions are being taken to reduce the impact of COVID-19 spread during the third wave. Concerned departments are working on constructing over 500 oxygen plants in the state which will be based on PSA technology. These are being developed keeping the demand for oxygen in mind. 

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