In Response to CM Thackeray, Anand Mahindra Advises Against Fresh Lockdown in Maharashtra

In Response to CM Thackeray, Anand Mahindra Advises Against Fresh Lockdown in Maharashtra

After Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray hinted at a fresh lockdown in the state on Sunday amidst an increase in coronavirus cases, businessman Anand Mahindra expressed his reservations about the idea. 

“The problem, @OfficeofUT ji, is that the people a lockdown hurts most are the poor, migrant workers & small businesses. The original lockdowns were essentially to buy time to build up hospital/health infrastructure. Let’s focus on resurrecting that & on avoiding mortality,” Mahindra said on Twitter.

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During Sunday’s meeting with State Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, and members of the State COVID-19 Task Force along with other officials, Thackeray said that people weren’t following safety protocols adequately and hence asked them to chart a plan to initiate a new lockdown. 

The Central Government imposed a lockdown in March last year as COVID-19 cases were beginning to increase significantly. The process also saw several businesses close their doors due to lack of activity while migrant workers were seen heading back to their home states in the thousands.

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The country’s COVID-19 cases are seeing a spike yet again, though not all states have imposed restrictions as of yet. 

The Union Health Ministry on Monday said that Maharashtra recorded the highest daily surge of cases with 40,414 new cases whereas, Karnataka and Punjab saw 3,082 and 2,870 new cases, respectively. A night curfew is currently in place in Maharashtra and restrictions have been placed on gatherings of five or more people. 

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