Maharashtra which has seen the highest number of corona infection cases in
the country is on the verge of a
complete lockdown chief minister Uddhav
Thackeray warned on Friday,2 April 2021, appealing to political parties,
industrialists and ordinary people to cooperate and obey safety guidelines.
The state government has prepared an elaborate Standard Operating Procedure
and decision about stricter norms is expected in the next two days. “The eight
districts severely hit by cases have already imposed lockdown or night curfew.
There would be stricter norms in other districts across the state,” Thackeray
It however remains what the state government is likely to do to tackle the
situation in the Commercial Capital Mumbai which has reported highest incidence
Thackeray’s virtual address came after a review meeting with ministers and
top officials. The western state is, by far, the worst affected in India and
has been driving the second wave of infections in India with record cases. On
April second, the state posted
I cannot allow to go
the situation out of hand said Thackeray
“I am not announcing a lockdown, but definitely warning about it. I am sure
we can avoid a lockdown if we decided firmly about it. We will observe for the
next couple of days, if people are observing protocol strictly. But in case no
such solution found, I cannot allow to go the situation out of hand,” he said.
Thackeray warned that hospital beds will start falling short in next 15
days if the current spike in Covid cases continued. He also said stricter curbs
will be announced in the next couple of days after speaking to political
leaders and experts from various sectors.
If a lockdown is
imposed, we face an economic crisis; people’s lives are more important for us
“We will issue guidelines for stricter curbs in next couple of days.
Political parties, industrialists have been opposing the lockdown and warning
the government against it. We are in a Catch-22 situation. If a lockdown is
imposed, we face an economic crisis. At the same time, people’s lives are more
important for us. Many countries including France, United Kingdom, Belgium,
Brazil have impose the strict lockdown for many weeks in their fight against
the second wave,” he said.