As Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic across India, state health minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday that the government is increasing testing, tracking and tracing of cases and will also increase the number of vaccination centres in the state.
“Today, there is no shortage of beds, medicines, and doctors. If the number of cases keeps rising,then, we’ll have to take a decision,” Tope was quoted as saying by new agency ANI.
With the overall Covid-19 situation worsening in Maharashtra since February 10, Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered officials to come up with lockdown-like restrictions which will have less impact on the state’s economy. A night curfew has already been imposed by the government from March 28 across all districts and cities from till April 15 from 8pm-7am.
As deliberations on a second round of restrictions are going on, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is a part of the MVA government, said on Monday that Maharashtra cannot afford another lockdown. Speaking to ANI, NCP leader and state minority minister Nawab Malik said that the NCP has asked Thackeray to consider other options. He added that a lockdown can be avoided if people follow rules. To this, state government officials said that there will not be a complete shutdown but stricter restrictions will be imposed in a phased manner starting from the coming weekend.
News Source : Hindustan times