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Coronavirus Outbreak: Deputy CM Ajit Pawar hints another lockdown in Maharashtra

In order to ensure safety, officials have been speaking to relevant departments to take necessary steps and after a thorough review of the situation over the next 2-3 days, the government will announce the steps to be taken regarding the lockdown.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Deputy CM Ajit Pawar hints another lockdown in Maharashtra
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Coronavirus cases across several states in India have increased over the last few days. Similar observations have been made by the Maharashtra Government, whereby officials state that the rise in cases is due to the crowding observed during Diwali this year.

Before the festival, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked people to celebrate the festival in a simple manner, at home, with friends and family. There was a ban placed on crackers too, as pollution could also contribute to the rise in COVID19 infection. However, people did not follow the norms imposed by the government and several flouted them by not wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. He had also warned the state of a second COVID19 wave, under which the government will have to take strict decisions for the betterment of the people. 

Addressing the issues, Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, on Sunday, November 22, has stated that the people formed crowds during Diwali period and also earlier during Ganeshotsav 2020. In order to ensure safety, officials have been speaking to relevant departments to take necessary steps and after a thorough review of the situation over the next 2-3 days, the government will announce the steps to be taken, which could also be another lockdown in Maharashtra. 

Other places in India like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Shimla and cities in Kerala have seen a rise in cases too, and the respective government is taken necessary decisions to curb the spread of COVID19.

Similarly, the state government of Maharashtra has also askes the municipal corporations and local bodies to take strict actions against people who do not follow the directions issued by the government. Fines are being imposed on people who do not wear masks. On the other hand, the government has also asked hospitals to ensure beds, facilities and medicines are kept ready and in stock, for the next wave of COVID19. Assessing the same, State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope said if Maharashtra is hit by the second wave, it could prove to be 'dangerous.'

Meanwhile, adding to this thought, BMC Municipal Commissioner, Iqbal Singh Chahal has stated that the Mumbai Local Trains will not resume for the general public for the next 3-4 weeks, and the permission will be given only after the assessment. Schools in Mumbai will also not reopen until December 31, 2020, stated the BMC.

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