There is no need for stricter lockdown in Maharashtra: CM Uddhav Thackeray

While addressing the state, CM confirmed that the current restrictions have helped in reducing the cases and the state currently has approximately 6 to 6.5-lakh active cases, less than the predicted 10-lakh COVID-19 cases.

There is no need for stricter lockdown in Maharashtra: CM Uddhav Thackeray

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, while addressing the state on Friday, April 30, 2021, said that the spread of the coronavirus has been contained due to the ongoing restrictions and the lockdown. Keeping the same in mind, the state government is not planning to impose a stricter COVIDI-19 lockdown in Maharashtra.

Adding more he said that the condition has improved due the current plan and that the COVID-19 active cases tally has touched the 6-lakh mark, whereby the state had estimated that to be 10-lakh if the COVID-19 spread was controlled.

He also said that the government is working towards improving the healthcare facilities and infrastructure. Currently there is a shortage of oxygen whereby the state is producing around 1200 metric tonnes, but is in need of 1700 metric tonnes in total. However, concerns are being raised regarding ways to add more healthcare workers, if there is a shortage of staff. 

Experts have stated that the several countries across the globe has faced Covid-19 crisis and its waves, and Maharashtra's fight is no different. However, he assured that the government is doing its best and will be prepared for the same. CM further added that the teams have begun the preparation but do not expect a big wave in the near future.

On the vaccination front, a total of 12 crore doses of vaccines will be needed by the state to vaccinate the six crore people residing in Maharashtra. This will be only for the age group of 18-44. Sharing more information about the same, he confirmed that the stock is limited, and the officials are discussing with the respective firms for additional doses, whereby the target is to receive a total of 18 lakh doses in May, which will be used to vaccinate citizens between 18 and 44.

On the other hand, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope, a few days back mentioned that all the cabinet ministers are in favour of extending the current lockdown by another 15 days, to further control the spread of the virus. The state, as of April 30, had a total of over 4.5 million cases with more than 6 lakh active cases.

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