Uddhav Thackeray favours extension of lockdown in Mumbai and surrounding areas?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to have a video conference with all the chief ministers on April 11. According to sources, Uddhav Thackeray is likely to discuss the extension and exit strategy in relation to the lockdown.

Uddhav Thackeray favours extension of lockdown in Mumbai and surrounding areas?
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Important update (as of April 11, 2020): Lockdown in Maharashtra extended until April 30; may get extended further: Uddhav Thackeray

The nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will end on April 14. However, the number of cases for the coronavirus or COVID-19 in India have been increasing on a daily basis. Of the 6,412 COVID-19 cases across the country, 1,385 are from Maharashtra. 

On Friday, Maharashtra Health Department informed that 21 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19. The death toll in India has risen to 199 while in Maharashtra 97 people have died. 

In the wake of the increasing COVID-19 cases mostly in Mumbai and Pune, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is likely to suggest Prime Minister Narendra Modi for extending the lockdown by 10 to 15 days in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to have a video conference with all the chief ministers on April 11. This will be the second virtual interaction between the Chief Ministers and PM amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

According to sources, Uddhav Thackeray is likely to discuss the extension and exit strategy in relation to the lockdown. The Prime Minister earlier also spoke with the supremos of political parties including the opposition to get their view in tackling the coronavirus crisis.

During the first interaction via video conferencing with the Prime Minister, CM Uddhav Thackeray had suggested that religious leaders across the country should be asked to refrain from holding large gatherings. The PM obliged to the suggestion and asked the Chief Minister to speak to religious leaders in their respective state to inform them about the need for social distancing. 

Earlier, Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that no one should assume that the lockdown will be lifted immediately while stating that the state government will have to take precaution in cities like Mumbai and Pune. 

Maharashtra has been the worst-hit state due to the coronavirus pandemic and Mumbai has become the epicentre of the same as it reported over 850 COVID-19 cases and 54 deaths. The slum-dominated area of the city, Dharavi has reported 22 cases and three deaths till the time of filing this story. 

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