The Maharashtra government has taken a U-turn within a few hours on removing restrictions related to Coronavirus.
Last evening, Vijay Wadettiwar, a minister in the state government, announced that the restrictions would start to be lifted from Friday under the five-tier plan. Still, after a few hours, the Chief Minister’s office clarified the matter.
The office said the new rules are still under discussion.
What did the minister announce?
Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said after a meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray yesterday that the state government has decided to unlock five levels. Under this, districts with less than a 5 per cent positivity rate and 75 per cent empty beds were allowed to remove all restrictions under Level 1.
At the same time, the districts with Red Zone were put in Level 5, and at least restrictions were to be removed here.
Chief Minister’s Office said – no final decision has been taken yet.
However, a few hours after Wadettiwar’s announcement, the Chief Minister’s Office issued a statement saying that no final decision has been taken on lifting the restrictions so far. The restrictions have not yet been lifted, and the new rules are still being discussed, the statement said. The government said, “The coronavirus spread is serious in some rural areas. The curbs have not been completely lifted in the state,”
The government will issue guidelines soon.
In its statement, the government further said, “Break-the-chain has started to give relief from restrictions. The Disaster Management Department is looking at five levels, weekly positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds. Based on these things, The government will issue detailed guidelines to reduce or increase the restrictions.”
The government said that a decision would be taken only after a thorough review of the proposal to remove the restrictions in phases.
Restrictions are in force in Maharashtra from April 14
Maharashtra, which is the first and most affected by the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, has been under strict restrictions since mid-April.
First of all, on April 14, the state government imposed restrictions like lockdown by imposing section 144 in the whole of Maharashtra. Since then, these restrictions have been extended several times. These have also benefited, and the daily cases have come down from a peak of around 68,000 to around 15,000.
What is the pandemic situation in Maharashtra and Mumbai?
In Maharashtra, 15,229 people were found infected on the last day, while 307 patients died. With this, the total number of infected people has reached 57,91,413. Of these, 2,04,974 are active cases, 54,86,206 people have been cured, and 97,394 people have lost their lives. On Wednesday, 985 cases and 27 deaths were reported in Mumbai. With this, there have been a total of 7,08,968 cases of corona here, and 14,965 people have died.