Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday has indicated that even though the government will not lift the lockdown restrictions at one go, it will focus on slow and steady reopening of industries and businesses. The government’s objective is not only to tackle the pandemic, but also to focus on the revival of the economy.
Thackeray asked the district collectors to guide the industry and businesses in their respective districts on how to continue their operations during the possible third Covid wave. The industrial units should be told to plan and provide accommodation for workers within their premises or nearby. Uddha asked the district collectors to extend their cooperation.
Thackeray cautioned that the second wave has not yet fully receded, but the government has taken a calculated risk to reopen economic activities in phases. He asked the district collectors to strictly implement the restrictions to avoid crowding, public rallies and various other events.
Thackeray’s directive came on a day when 9,558 new cases and 147 deaths were reported.
During the monsoon session, Thackeray asked the district collectors to put on fast track the oxygen generation, its storage and ramping up of health facilities to treat the patients during the third wave.
He has asked the district collectors to conduct awareness campaigns for the vaccination through Asha-Aanganwadi workers and health employees. They were asked to provide analysis on the corona affected persons after vaccination of two doses to the Task Force.
Thackeray has asked the public health department to launch genome sequencing in Parner tehsil.
Public health minister Rajesh Tope stressed the need for conducting more tests and reduce home isolation, especially in districts with high positivity rate.