Mumbai, April 12
With the continuous spike in Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government on Saturday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown period till April 30, hours after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray attended a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conferencing from Mumbai.
In a live webcast, Thackeray said the lockdown, which was supposed to end on April 14, will be extended till April 30 in view of the lack of any other options. He said the decision on lifting curbs completely after April 30 will be taken depending upon prevailing situation.
Explaining the broad contours of the plan, Thackeray said while restrictions would be eased in certain areas in the state during the extended period, they will become stricter in others.
The CM said he had conveyed this decision to the prime minister during the meeting of all the chief ministers. Telangana, West Bengal, Odisha and Punjab have also extended the lockdown period till April 30.
Thackeray said the decision regarding pending examinations, restarting of industrial units and the migrant workers stranded in the state will be announced before April 14. He further said that the complete lifting of the lockdown will depend upon how soon the chain of the coronavirus transmission is broken.
“Maharashtra has always shown the path to the country. In the present crisis too, the state will lead in defeating the coronavirus, which has attacked all and not spared even the PM of the UK,” Thackeray said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 24 March, had ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting movement of the entire 1.3 billion population of the country. The lock down was ordered after a 14-hour voluntary public curfew on 22 March, followed by enforcement of a series of regulations in the country’s COVID-19 affected regions. The lockdown was placed when the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in India was approximately 500.
In the meanwhile, on the 19 th day of lockdown, while national tally of COVID-19 and its aftermath was: Deaths-228 and active cases-8500, the Maharashtra’s tally was: Deaths-127 and total active cases-1895.