Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said people must follow COVID-19 safety protocols if the state is to avoid another lockdown.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was of the view that lockdown may become necessary in some cities if the new cases continue to climb, Topeld reporters here.
At the same time, he also defended the state's response to rising cases and pointed out that in terms of cases per million population, many states have fared worse.
He met the Chief Minister two days ago, Tope said.
"He told me that if the number of daily cases in the state remains in the range of 25,000 30,000 for the next some days, then we will have to take some stringent steps. He is of the opinion that if the numbers continue to increase, we will have to impose a lockdown in some cities," the minister said.
"I appeal to the people to respond to CM's warning (about the possibility of lockdown) positively and follow the COVID-19 protocols such as wearing mask, hand hygiene and physical distancing to avoid lockdown," Tope said.