We will have to take precaution in Mumbai, Pune: Rajesh Tope on lockdown relaxation

In Maharashtra, the number of positive cases for the coronavirus or COVID-19 has soared up to 868 with the death toll reaching 45. In Mumbai, the number of cases has increased to 526.

We will have to take precaution in Mumbai, Pune: Rajesh Tope on lockdown relaxation
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As the number of positive coronavirus or COVID-19 cases has increased to 868, Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday told that no one should assume that the lockdown will end after April 15. 

“Given the number coronavirus cases in Mumbai and Pune, no one should assume that the lockdown will be completely lifted after April 15,” Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope was quoted in media reports as saying. 

Tope further said that the lifting of lockdown in Maharashtra depends on the situation between April 10-15. The situation between April 10-15 will be completely analysed before the government takes a decision on the lockdown. 

“In Mumbai and Pune, where the cases are more, we will have have to look into various factors. The lockdown can’t be withdrawn in one go here. We will have to take a decision on lockdown in Mumbai and Pune with precaution,” Rajesh Tope said. 

The Maharashtra Health Minister further stated that the Health Department will discuss the situation with the Chief Minister and later with the Union Health Ministry before taking any decision related to the lockdown. 

While talking to reporters, Tope said that the centre’s advisories and the guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be important for the state government to take a decision on relaxing the lockdown. 

Rajesh Tope, in an interview with NDTV, informed that the state government currently has over 37,000 lakh PPE kits, 2 lakh N-95 masks and 1,500 ventilators. However, in case of emergency, the Maharashtra Government has sought 3.25 lakh PPE kits, 9 lakh N-95 masks, 99 lakh triple layer masks along with over 2,000 ventilators from the centre. 

In Maharashtra, the number of positive cases for the coronavirus or COVID-19 has soared up to 868 with the death toll reaching 45. In Mumbai, the number of cases has increased to 526. 

“The number of people who have been discharged has increased to 66,” Tope informed while stating that the spike in cases of COVID-19 will happen but “not so much”. 

Speaking on the treatment for COVID-19, the state health minister said that no one has to spend on their treatment for COVID-19 in Maharashtra as every expenditure will be bored by the Maharashtra government. 

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