Maharashtra is the worst hit state where most number of people had pallen prey to the grip of corona virus. In view of this the state is likely to impose lockdown for 15 days after Gudi Padwa (April 13) or Ambedkar Jayanti (April 14) to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is like to hold a series of meetings with government officials, trader’s body, COVID task forces and others to discuss measures, including the imposition of a lockdown in the state, to break the virus chain in view of the rising case of the state.
The first set of meeting has also been held regarding the matter where the duration of the lockdown and how to handle its economic fallout was discussed. The Chief Minister on Saturday had chaired an all-party meeting held virtually to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state. In the meeting he hinted at the imposition of a strict lockdown where people have to go through some hardships.
A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) quoted “The number of patients is increasing so fast that if we do not decide on a lockdown today, a lockdown-like situation will automatically arise tomorrow. Today the situation is getting worse.” It also stated “On the one hand there is a public sentiment but on the other hand, there is an outbreak of coronavirus, in which case if you want to win this battle you have to go through some hardships.”
State's health minister Rajesh Tope yesterday said that an appropriate decision regarding lockdown will be taken after April 14.
The alarming cases of the state has already led to restrictions, including a weekend lockdown, night curfew till April 30.