Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Government has extended the lockdown till May 31.
The decision was taken at a meeting where Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai and Ashok Chavan were present.
A senior Minister told FPJ: “There was unanimous view that the lockdown needs to be extended after May 17 up to May 31. The special focus will be given on strict implementation of lockdown norms in red zone and containment areas while further relaxations will be given in orange and green zones in the state. The objective is to get the economy rolling.’’
The total COVID-19 cases in the state are 25,922 and the death toll is 975. Mumbai, Pune and Malegoan are one of the worst-hit regions in Maharashtra.
Lockdown 3.0 which was enforced by the Central Government is to end on May 17. In an address to the nation on Tuesday, PM Modi hinted on Lockdown 4.0. He said that the fourth phase of the lockdow which will be very different from the earlier three phases.