Maharashtra Government to consider a lockdown with minimum economic impact

As per reports, the COVID-19 task force has informed the government that a stricter lockdown will be needed in the state, as it might have more than 40,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the next 24 hours.

Maharashtra Government to consider a lockdown with minimum economic impact

Coronavirus cases in the state of Maharashtra have been increasing rapidly and the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, over the last many weeks, has asked the citizens to follow the norms diligently and support the government in fighting the novel virus.

However, the cases have increased since the last few days, and today, he stated that the officials have been informed about the upcoming lockdown which has been planned to curb the spread. He added that the government is making sure that the lockdown has minimum impact on the economy and has asked the respective local bodies to prepare for the same.

The decision was taken after thorough consideration with the task force. 

Moreover, several members from the cabinet and the government met on Sunday, March 28, 2021, to discuss the crisis management, whereby as per reports, it was said that the state could have more than 40,000 cases in the next 24 hours.

The central government recently released the list of top 10 cities which were most affected with COVID-19 and nine out of the 10 districts were from Maharashtra. CM also took an update of the healthcare facilities available in the state and has asked the local government along with the respective bodies to regularly review the same.

On the other hand, considering the rise in cases, the state task force has asked the government to find stronger ways to handle the crisis. The team has suggested a strict lockdown in Maharashtra which as per reports, would help in managing the crisis.

He has asked the local body to avoid confusion once the lockdown is implemented.

Meanwhile, the government on Saturday, March 27, 2021, announced a new set of guidelines for Maharashtra, whereby curfew has been imposed in the state from 8pm to 7am. As per the revised rules, a gathering of five or more people is not allowed in the state in those hours. Restaurants and hotels cannot serve food (dine-in) from 8 pm, however, they can opt a delivery model. Offices can only function at a 50 per cent capacity. Gardens and malls will also shut in the time announced. 

Over 35,000 cases were reported in Maharashtra recently taking the tally to over 2.67 million. This was the second highest count recorded in the state.

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