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Maharashtra Government to impose a 'strict lockdown' to curb COVID-19 cases?

As per reports, the Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, recently held a meeting with his cabinet ministers and the leader of the opposition, asking them to support the state government decisions regarding the same, at any cost.

Maharashtra Government to impose a 'strict lockdown' to curb COVID-19 cases?
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Saturday, held an online meetint with the leader of the opposition and other members from the cabinet, to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. During the discussion, he stated that if we have to stop the spread, the state will have to impose strict lockdown restrictions, even if it is only for a few days, and this will help in reducing the cases. However, looking the current number of patients, which is increasing so fast, a decision needs to be taken quickly.

He added that if such a situation has to occur, he'd want all party leaders is to support the government with whatever decision is taken, for the betterment of the people and the state. By saying this, the CM has clearly signaled a complete lockdown in the state.

Sharing his thought at this meeting, the Leader of the Opposition and Former CM, Devendra Fadnavis, expressed the fear of an outbreak from the people if the state imposes a complete lockdown. Considering the same, he asked the government to consider this strongly, as it would affect the people and would become a tough decision to manage. 

Adding more, he also demanded that a financial package be announced for them. He assured that the party will cooperate with the government, but it should take the initiative and give understanding to your ministers. 

CM Uddhav Thackeray said that the government is giving priority to saving lives and breaking the vicious cycle of coronavirus spread. Whiel the public sentiment on one side, and an outburst of coronavirus needs to be tackled, and the key is to win the battle. He added that the state will have to prioritize saving people's lives first and this is a health emergency, where the priority should be the health and well-being of the citizens. 

It is our role of all to ensure that the poor, the working class and the underprivileged do not suffer while the restrictions are imposed. However, coronavirus is targeting everyone, he said, but mentioning that despite the restriction, people are stepping out of homes and this has also contributed to the increase, which at the same time, was under control as the state was in a lockdown in 2020. 

As of now, even with the new guidelines, the markets are getting crowded as rules are not being followed at many locations and occasions like marriage ceremonies. On the other hand, employees are stepping out of the houses despite appeals being made for work from home. However, if this situation continues, there will no option but to break the chain with a strict lockdown and not just a weekend lockdown, said Uddhav Thackeray.

Experts predict that the situation could worsen between April 15 and April 21, 2021, and the infection is on the rise among young people. The UK has already imposed a severe lockdown for 2 months, but during that time a large scale vaccination campaign was carried out to protect the citizens. As of now, the younger generation needs to be vaccinated and the popular Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has drafted plans to vaccinate teenagers.

Suggestions were made by the Leader of the Opposition and it is said that the same will definitely be considered seriously. As of now, no strict restrictions will not be imposed which could affect the poor, the working class and others in the same belt. Therefore, it is necessary to take a unanimous decision on how to overcome this crisis, and throwing more light, Uddhav Thackeray also expressed the expectation that all parties should create awareness among the people for this.

Present at the meeting were Ajit Pawar, Minister Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Dilip Walse Patil, Eknath Shinde, Jayant Patil, Rajesh Tope, Amit Deshmukh, Nana Patole, Devendra Fadnavis, Pravin Darekar, Chandrakant Patil among others.

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