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COVID-19 Maharashtra Update: Lockdown decision for some areas to be taken in 2-3 days, says CM Thackeray

The CM in earlier addresses to the public had requested them to follow all COVID guidelines. He maintained that he doesn't wish to impose any lockdown, but the situation is making him helpless.

March 11, 2021 / 03:42 PM IST
CM Uddhav Thackeray says a decision to impose lockdown in other areas will be taken in 2-3 days.

CM Uddhav Thackeray says a decision to impose lockdown in other areas will be taken in 2-3 days.


Right after a week-long complete lockdown will be imposed in Maharashtra's Nagpur, CM Uddhav Thackeray has said that decision to impose lockdown in some other areas of the state will be taken in 2-3 days, reported CNN News 18.  Thackeray added that the decision is being taken because people are not following the norms.

Through the month of February, there has been a spiraling resurgence of COVID cases in the state of Maharashtra. The CM in earlier addresses to the public had requested them to follow all COVID guidelines. He maintained that he doesn't wish to impose any lockdown, but the situation is making him helpless.

On March 10, a  sharp single-day surge of 13,659 new COVID-19 cases was reported in Maharashtra. The numbers, recorded in the period of the preceding 24 hours, were the highest in 2021 so far.

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In the corresponding period, 54 deaths were also reported and 9,913 infected patients were discharged, the state health department said.

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Mumbai itself recorded 1,539 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of infections since October last year, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. With this, the city's COVID-19 tally has reached 3,37,123, the official said.

Looking at these numbers, various steps have been taken by the state government in the last few weeks to curb the spread. In February, weekend lockdowns were imposed in Amravati, night curfew was extended in Pune.

In March now, Janta Curfew has been imposed in Jalgaon from March 11, a lockdown in Thane Municipal Commissioner till March 31, and a full week lockdown in Nagpur from March 15 to 21.

People have raised concerns and have been speculating if a lockdown could be imposed in Mumbai too. Earlier, Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed all officials to keep options open. "In Mumbai, [COVID-19] cases are a bit higher. The chief minister has instructed all administration officers to take a decision on whatever is necessary; be it imposing a partial lockdown, increasing testing, or go for a complete lockdown," Shaikh said.

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