Lockdown may extend for 15 more days in Mumbai, Pune: Rajesh Tope

If required, the lockdown will be extended for 15 more days after May 3. This will be done only for the containment zones, if not the entire Mumbai and Pune, said Tope.

Lockdown may extend for 15 more days in Mumbai, Pune: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday, April 25, said that the state government may extend the lockdown in Mumbai and Pune for 15 more days. The nationwide lockdown may be lifted,  but it would be extended in Mumbai and Pune until May 18, Tope said. 

“The main objective of implementing the lockdown was to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and if the spread is not getting contained, we will have to extend the lockdown,” the livemint quoted Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope as saying. 

Tope shared that the issue currently is only with the increasing cases of COVID-19 in slums. The containment zones in Mumbai should be completely cordoned off and if required, the lockdown will be extended after May 3. “This will be done only for the containment zones, if not the entire Mumbai and Pune,” said Tope. 

Maharashtra has become the worst-hit state due to the coronavirus outbreak and has reported nearly 6817 positive COVID-19 cases. Of these, almost 4,447 cases are from Mumbai alone. Dharavi, the slum dominated area in Mumbai, has reported 220 cases of the coronavirus till April 14 while 14 have died. 

He also said that the government of Maharashtra will enforce complete lockdown restrictions on schools, colleges and public gatherings across Maharashtra till May 18. The non-essential services for Mumbai and Pune will not be allowed to operate in the hotspot areas for at least 15 days after this lockdown ends.

Further, the government would take a decision on 'Maharashtra HSC Board Examination Results' post the current lockdown is lifted. In a conversation with Mumbai Live, Maharashtra State Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad said that the process to assess Higher Secondary (HSC) Board Examination papers may begin soon in Green Zones. However, it may not be feasible in Red or Orange Zones .

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has allowed the pre-monsoon-related works to be carried out in the coronavirus affected Mumbai and Pune and amended its revised lockdown guidelines for the same. In an order issued on Thursday, the Maharashtra government announced that all pre-monsoon related works and any other work permitted by the municipal commissioners of Mumbai and Pune will be allowed including the metro rail work. 

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