COVID-19 surge: ‘Full lockdown’ probably if Maharashtra govt cannot address rise in circumstances, says Rajesh Tope

COVID-19 surge: ‘Full lockdown’ probably if Maharashtra govt cannot address rise in circumstances, says Rajesh Tope

The Maharashtra well being minister added that lockdown is required to ramp up the well being infrastructure, and rejected allegations of mismanagement in opposition to the state govt

COVID-19 surge: 'Complete lockdown' likely if Maharashtra govt can't cope with rise in cases, says Rajesh Tope

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Mumbai: Maharashtra well being minister Rajesh Tope has mentioned {that a} “full lockdown” of two to a few weeks is required within the state to enhance the well being infrastructure in view of the surge in COVID-19 circumstances, and added that such step could possibly be taken if the federal government is unable to deal with the scenario.

He, nevertheless, expressed hope that with the curbs in place at current, the federal government would have the ability to tame the surge.

Tope additionally admitted that the “chalta hai” (laidback) angle had creeped in after the federal government flattened the an infection curve.

“We would want a whole lockdown for 15 days to a few weeks regardless that I’m not in favour of that instantly. If hospitals are overwhelmed, if there’s a scarcity of medicines and if the federal government is unable to deal with the rising variety of sufferers then such a step will be taken,” Tope informed NDTV.

Lockdown is required to ramp up the well being infrastructure, he mentioned.

“I hope we will include the virus with the current curbs. We will probably be pleased and content material. We hope for the perfect,” he mentioned.

Tope mentioned the state authorities was involved over the spike in circumstances and wish hand-holding by the Centre. He rejected the allegations of mismanagement on the a part of the state authorities, saying that the numbers have been rising as a result of it was not hiding something.

“Now we have adopted the precept of rigorous testing, tracing and remedy,” he mentioned.

“The ‘chalta hai’ angle did creep in after the federal government was capable of flatten the curve and opened up a number of actions. We thought there can be no second surge,” he mentioned.

Tope additionally rejected the criticism of the Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan in opposition to the state authorities, saying that the state had adhered to all of the protocols laid down by the Centre.

He reiterated there was discrimination in opposition to the state in allotment of vaccines. “Just lately we got seven lakh doses and after we pursued our demand for extra, we got ten lakh extra doses,” he mentioned.

Up to now, Maharashtra has obtained 1.04 crore vaccine doses and now we have sought 40 lakh per week in order that we will expedite the every day vaccinations to 6 lakh per day, he mentioned.

In Mumbai, out of 120 centres, 70 have been shut since there was no inventory and the scenario was embarrassing, the minister mentioned.

“We sought weekly inventory of 40 lakh vaccines in order that we get time to move them to totally different components of the state,” he mentioned.

Maharashtra reported 56,286 new coronavirus circumstances on Thursday, which took its caseload to 32,29,547, whereas on Wednesday it had recorded the very best every day depend of 59,907 circumstances.

Final Sunday, the state authorities introduced a weekend lockdown and various strict restrictions until 30 April, together with an evening curfew and prohibitory orders through the day time to include the unfold of the virus.

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