Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 11, 2020
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has implied that a nationwide lockdown-like curb would be reimposed in the state if the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spiral out of control. He said the state government is monitoring the situation.
“If it feels that giving a break (ease) can be fatal, then we will impose lockdown once more. The people of Maharashtra are going to cooperate because they know that we are working towards their interest,” Thackeray said.
Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, with a total of 94,041 confirmed cases, in the country. The financial capital of India has outnumbered the total number of cases in China and is set to overtake Canada’s tally which stands at 98,000. Maharashtra has a death toll of 3,438 to the pandemic. 44,517 have recovered.
Taking to Twitter, the CM said the state government would be compelled to reimpose the lockdown if the situation turns risky. “I am requesting all to please avoid crowding,” he wrote. “The government is taking cautious steps for ‘ Mission Begin Again’. Like we imposed the lockdown in phases, it will have to be lifted in a phased manner,” Thackeray explained. “The danger is yet to pass. But we cannot bring the economic cycle to a grinding halt even as we fight corona.” The Shiv Sena leader urged the people to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing.