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Strict restrictions might be imposed in Maharashtra; decisions to be announced in 2 days

Sharing the information regarding the lockdown, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that cases have increased post-Diwali and the government might impose restrictions on activities which were earlier permitted, to curb the spread and danger.

Strict restrictions might be imposed in Maharashtra; decisions to be announced in 2 days

Coronaviruses cases in the city of Mumbai have seen an exponential rise and the state government is concerned about the spread across Maharashtra. Keeping the same in mind, the health department and the local administrations have started preparing to fight the second wave of COVID-19, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his speech on Sunday mentioned that the state might consider imposing strict restrictions once again if the people remain unconcerned about following the norms.

However, State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope shared information about the planning for another lockdown in Maharashtra and added that the decision on these restrictions will be taken in the next two days.

Addressing the media, Minister Tope said that the crowd was observed in several markets across the state during Diwali, and the number of people who are stepping out of the homes is only increasing. Due to this, the coronavirus infection is on the rise, and this could spread if people continue to visit tourist spots, public places. While some people are following the rules and wearing masks, many do not seem to have any sense of social distancing and do not wear masks either

Observing this, it is understood that people are no longer vigilant about the pandemic and this could turn out to be 'dangerous' both for them and others. Meanwhile, this does not rule out the possibility of a second COVID-19 wave in Maharashtra, and such irresponsible behaviour should be treated with serious consequences.

Keeping the same in mind,  the state government has announced that there are no plans to start Mumbai local trains for the general public. Besides this, the government is working towards taking additional measures to not reopen schools and educational institutions due to the spreading coronavirus infection. Guidelines are being drafted to ensure people do not step out of the houses unless necessary and do not travel to public places without following any rules. The government might restrict free movement in public places and allow only 50 citizens to attend weddings and other ceremonies. 

A meeting will be held to discuss the matters with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other concerned officials on the issue of imposing more fines across the state, post which a decision will be taken and announced in 48 hours. He hinted that though 100 per cent lockdown will not be imposed again, the state will revoke restrictions earlier permitted on activities.

While COVID-19 cases have reduced in comparison to previous months, one needs to be careful about not spreading the same. The crowd post-Diwali has led to concerns and the citizens need to understand that the crisis is not over yet. Lockdown has been imposed in many places in the West, and even Indian cities like Delhi, Goa, Shimla and others are facing the second wave, while night curfew has been imposed in Ahmedabad. Sharing more information, CM Uddhav Thackeray warned that the second wave in Maharashtra will not just be a 'wave,' but will be a tsunami.

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