With COVID-19 cases increasing at alarming rates, India’s richest state Maharashtra now considers to go under stringent lockdown this week after recording the highest one-day jump in coronavirus infections of any Indian state since the beginning of the pandemic in last March.
The state tightened travel restrictions and imposed night curfews as COVID data logged 40,414 new virus cases on Sunday, almost two-thirds of the national total, many of them in the densely populated financial capital Mumbai.
Reviewing the ongoing pandemic situation in the state, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray is taking into account viable options to curb and bring the virus surge under control, along with having discussions with the state task force, CM Thackeray has asked chief secretary Sitaram Kunte to chalk up a well planned strategy for the “last resort” of a lockdown.
CM Uddhav Thackeray is considering a lockdown for a limited number of days, officials said.
Essential services like grocery shops and medical stores will be open and deliveries will continue, but private offices will be advised to encourage employees to work from home or cut attendance in offices to less than 50 per cent.
While the government is trying hard to keep the economy afloat amid the pandemic, several factors are not being taken into consideration seriously, said CM Thackeray in a deliberation meet with Health Minister Rajesh Tope and Chief Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas.