Involved over the latest surge in COVID-19 circumstances in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday requested residents to strictly comply with government-mandated pointers on masks and social distancing or be ready to face one other spherical of lockdown.
After reporting 4,092 COVID-19 circumstances on final Sunday, highest single-day tally in additional than a month, Maharashtra registered 3,663 new circumstances on Tuesday, 461 of them in Mumbai.
This was the seventh straight day when the state’s day by day rely remained above the three,000-mark, indicating a gradual rise in infections as in comparison with the previous couple of weeks.
Expressing concern over the lackadaisical angle in following COVID-19-related security protocols within the wake of phase-wise lifting of restrictions, Thackeray stated it was as much as residents to determine in the event that they wish to go into a whole lockdown once more to curb the unfold of the an infection.
“It’s as much as the folks of the state to determine if they need a lockdown or dwell freely with some restrictions. Put on face masks and keep away from crowds or else (you) might want to go right into a lockdown once more,” Thackeray stated.
Alarmed over the surge in COVID-19 circumstances in the previous few days in some districts, Thackeray held a evaluation assembly with divisional commissioners and collectors by way of video conferencing to take inventory of the state of affairs.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was amongst these current on the event.
The CM requested the administration to make sure security norms like carrying face masks in public and social distancing are adopted and authorised officers to take motion towards offenders.
“Individuals could have grow to be complacent however the authorities mustn’t (drop guard),” Thackeray stated and requested the administration to repeatedly sanitise and disinfect public locations.
Cellular vans ought to be utilized in rural areas to extend the variety of COVID-19 exams, the chief minister stated.
Talking on the assembly, Thackeray stated, “Non-implementation of COVID-19 security SoPs is a severe issues.”
“The administration ought to contact industrial institutions and organisations and verify if they’re following SoPs. Wherever obligatory, declare containment zones.”
He harassed on the necessity for contact tracing of every affected person in areas the place COVID-19 circumstances are rising.
“Contact tracing have to be performed in a focused method,” he stated.
“A minimum of 20 contacts of every affected person ought to be traced and examined,” the CM advised.
Police permission can be required for organising marriage features, Thackeray stated.
“Marriage ceremonies held up for the final one yr have resumed…social gatherings and events have additionally begun with none security guidelines. Timings of resorts and eating places have been prolonged however security norms have been uncared for,” Thackeray stated, including native authorities ought to maintain a vigil on crowding and take rapid motion wherever obligatory.
Banquet corridor homeowners ought to be punished if anyone is discovered shifting within the premises and not using a face masks, he stated.
The chief minister stated agitations, public conferences and processions shouldn’t be permitted given the current COVID-19 state of affairs.
He stated the authorities ought to cancel permits and licences of halls and auditoriums the place security SoPs are usually not adopted throughout marriages and different social features.
The CM directed that area hospitals ought to be monitored to verify if all amenities are practical.
Until February 16, the state has recorded 20,71,306 COVID-19 circumstances and 51,591 deaths.
(With company inputs)