Coronavirus update: Maharashtra govt mum on relaxation in less-hit areas

Coronavirus update: Maharashtra govt mum on relaxation in less-hit areas

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday, after his video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had announced that the lockdown will be extended minimum up to April 30.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 04:31 AM IST
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Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Monday issued a notification on extending the lockdown till April 30. However, the notification is silent on the introduction of further curbs or relaxation in areas less affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday, after his video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had announced that the lockdown will be extended minimum up to April 30.

The notification signed by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said, "In exercise of powers conferred under section 2 of the Epidemic Act, 1897 and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the state government hereby directs that the lockdown orders issued vide notification dated March 25, 2020 shall now be extended up to and inclusive of April 30, 2020."

The notification comes when the Maharashtra coronavirus positive patient count surged to a record 2,334 with 160 deaths as of Monday. There was a rise of 352 patients and 11 deaths on Monday. Of the 2,334 patients, 1,703 patients and 110 deaths are in Mumbai. The state government is concerned over the death rate of 6 to 7 per cent.

Thackeray, at a video conference with the divisional commissioners and district collectors, asked them to step up implementation of the coronavirus containment plan so that the death rate was brought down to zero.

A senior bureaucrat, who was present at the meeting, told FPJ, "The CM also directed the divisional commissioners and district collectors to focus on critical patients as their death rate is higher.

Almost 80 per cent of the total 2,334 coronavirus positive patients are seriously ill because of high blood pressure, kidney ailment and other diseases. The death rate should be reduced to zero.’’ The also CM asked them to further tighten vigil on the district borders as efforts are still being made to illegally cross the district borders by a few people.

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