Lockdown can’t be ruled out, says Uddhav Thackeray as COVID-19 surge continues; Maharashtra records 47,827 new cases
The Maharashtra chief minister additionally warned that if the state of affairs stays the identical, healthcare services will begin getting overburdened in 15-20 days
Cautioning towards a critical scarcity of healthcare infrastructure, together with employees like docs and nurses, to sort out the surge in COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray stated that the state authorities is on the verge of asserting a lockdown to curb the unfold of an infection.
“I can not rule out imposing a lockdown if the present COVID-19 state of affairs prevails. Individuals have grow to be complacent. In a few days, strict restrictions will be issued to curb COVID-19 . If the variety of cases retains growing, there may be a scarcity of healthcare infrastructure within the subsequent 15-20 days,” he stated in an deal with to the individuals on Friday night.
Thackeray’s deal with comes on a day that Maharashtra recorded 47,827 new COVID-19 cases, the best every day rely for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started in 2020.
The new determine took the state tally of constructive cases to 29,04,076, the state authorities stated. As many as 202 coronavirus sufferers died within the state on Friday, taking the loss of life toll to 55,379.
In his speech, Thackeray additionally addressed criticism towards the state’s testing and vaccination numbers and stated that Maharashtra’s testing capability has grown by a big margin for the reason that pandemic first broke out final yr.
“Within the coming days, we goal to conduct 2.5 lakh RT-PCR checks every day,” he stated. He added that Maharashtra was the one state that had administered three lakh doses of vaccine on Thursday.
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“Until now, we’ve administered 65 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses, together with three lakh vaccine doses yesterday. Even after vaccination, some individuals are getting contaminated as a result of they cease carrying masks,” he added.
Evaluating the pandemic and the present wave of infections to a “storm” and the vaccine to an “umbrella”, Thakeray stated that vaccination shouldn’t be the ultimate answer. “This umbrella (vaccine) will hold us protected from the rain, however at the moment we face a storm (pandemic). We have to guarantee adherence to COVID-19 protocol like carrying masks, sustaining distance, and washing arms,” Thackeray stated.
Thcakeray warns of scarcity in healthcare infrastructure
Searching for to emphasize the seriousness of the state of affairs, Thackeray spoke in regards to the pandemic by way of numbers. He stated that Mumbai alone had seen a soar in every day COVID-19 cases from 300 to eight,500 cases in a single month.
“If the state of affairs stays the identical, healthcare services will begin getting overburdened in 15-20 days. In some districts, hospitals are virtually full,” he stated.
He additionally spoke in regards to the criticism from “some events” with out naming them. “Some individuals are indulging in politics over the matter. They’re saying that the federal government should enhance the healthcare services and capability. I’ve given directions on these traces, however can they inform me easy methods to enhance the healthcare employees? From the place to get docs, nurses, healthcare employees, ASHA employees, and many others?” he questioned.
Addressing whether or not the federal government plans to impose a lockdown, Thackeray spoke in regards to the process of retaining the financial system operating and likewise working to curb the COVID-19 cases.
Nonetheless, he stated that the federal government will do “no matter it takes” to carry the pandemic underneath management, “even when he’s labelled a villain”.
“Whether or not to save lots of lives or jobs is the query. Jobs we’ll get again and financial system we will construct once more, however we can’t afford to lose lives,” he stated.
He additionally appealed to Opposition events to not bask in politics over the pandemic, and in conclusion, stated that the federal government is “pointing in route of lockdown, however not asserting one but”.
Pune imposes 12-hour curfew for every week as COVID cases cross 8,000
In the meantime, the Pune district administration Friday introduced stringent measures to curb the rise of an infection.
Eateries, bars and eating places in Pune will stay shut for seven days from Saturday in view of a considerable rise in coronavirus cases of late, PTI reported.
A curfew will be in place throughout the district from 6 pm to six am, and malls, cinema halls and locations of spiritual worship will even be shut throughout this seven-day interval.
The administration launched these “stricter restrictions” within the district, which reported greater than 8,000 COVID-19 cases previously two consecutive days. The choice to impose these curbs was taken throughout a overview assembly chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in Pune on Friday.
“These new restrictions will be relevant for the following seven days from Saturday. As a part of it, there’ll be a curfew from 6 pm to six am. Eateries, bars and eating places will stay closed, however dwelling supply of the meals will proceed, “Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao stated.
“Malls, cinema halls will stay shut for seven days from Saturday. All spiritual locations will even be closed for every week,” he stated.
Apart from weddings and final ceremony rituals, all different public gatherings have been banned within the district. For weddings, solely 50 individuals will be allowed and solely 20 individuals can stay current for the final rites, he added.
He stated that important providers have been exempted from 6 pm to six am curfew.
With inputs from PTI
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