Lockdown cannot be dominated out, says Uddhav Thackeray as COVID-19 surge continues; Maharashtra information 47,827 new instances
The Maharashtra chief minister additionally warned that if the state of affairs stays the identical, healthcare services will begin getting overburdened in 15-20 days
Cautioning in opposition to a severe scarcity of healthcare infrastructure, together with workers like medical doctors and nurses, to deal with the surge in COVID-19 instances, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray mentioned that the state authorities is on the verge of saying a lockdown to curb the unfold of an infection.
“I can not rule out imposing a lockdown if the present COVID-19 state of affairs prevails. Individuals have turn out to be complacent. In a few days, strict restrictions shall be issued to curb COVID-19 . If the variety of instances retains growing, there may very well be a scarcity of healthcare infrastructure within the subsequent 15-20 days,” he mentioned in an handle to the individuals on Friday night.
Thackeray’s handle comes on a day that Maharashtra recorded 47,827 new COVID-19 instances, the very best each day depend because the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020.
The brand new determine took the state tally of constructive instances to 29,04,076, the state authorities mentioned. As many as 202 coronavirus sufferers died within the state on Friday, taking the demise toll to 55,379.
In his speech, Thackeray additionally addressed criticism in opposition to the state’s testing and vaccination numbers and mentioned that Maharashtra’s testing capability has grown by a big margin because the pandemic first broke out final 12 months.
“Within the coming days, we intention to conduct 2.5 lakh RT-PCR assessments each day,” he mentioned. He added that Maharashtra was the one state that had administered three lakh doses of vaccine on Thursday.
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“Until now, now we have administered 65 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses, together with three lakh vaccine doses yesterday. Even after vaccination, some persons are getting contaminated as a result of they cease carrying masks,” he added.
Evaluating the pandemic and the present wave of infections to a “storm” and the vaccine to an “umbrella”, Thakeray mentioned that vaccination is just not the ultimate answer. “This umbrella (vaccine) will hold us protected from the rain, however at present we face a storm (pandemic). We have to guarantee adherence to COVID-19 protocol like carrying masks, sustaining distance, and washing fingers,” Thackeray mentioned.
Thcakeray warns of scarcity in healthcare infrastructure
Looking for to emphasize the seriousness of the state of affairs, Thackeray spoke concerning the pandemic when it comes to numbers. He mentioned that Mumbai alone had seen a soar in each day COVID-19 instances from 300 to eight,500 instances in a single month.
“If the state of affairs stays the identical, healthcare services will begin getting overburdened in 15-20 days. In some districts, hospitals are virtually full,” he mentioned.
He additionally spoke concerning the criticism from “some events” with out naming them. “Some persons are indulging in politics over the matter. They’re saying that the federal government should enhance the healthcare services and capability. I’ve given directions on these traces, however can they inform me how you can enhance the healthcare workers? From the place to get medical doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, ASHA staff, and many others?” he questioned.
Addressing whether or not the federal government plans to impose a lockdown, Thackeray spoke concerning the process of maintaining the financial system working and likewise working to curb the COVID-19 instances.
Nevertheless, he mentioned that the federal government will do “no matter it takes” to carry the pandemic below management, “even when he’s labelled a villain”.
“Whether or not to avoid wasting lives or jobs is the query. Jobs we are going to get again and financial system we are able to construct once more, however we will not afford to lose lives,” he mentioned.
He additionally appealed to Opposition events to not take pleasure in politics over the pandemic, and in conclusion, mentioned that the federal government is “pointing in course of lockdown, however not saying one but”.
Pune imposes 12-hour curfew for every week as COVID instances cross 8,000
In the meantime, the Pune district administration Friday introduced stringent measures to curb the rise of an infection.
Eateries, bars and eating places in Pune will stay shut for seven days from Saturday in view of a considerable rise in coronavirus instances of late, PTI reported.
A curfew shall be in place throughout the district from 6 pm to six am, and malls, cinema halls and locations of non secular worship may even be shut throughout this seven-day interval.
The administration launched these “stricter restrictions” within the district, which reported greater than 8,000 COVID-19 instances previously two consecutive days. The choice to impose these curbs was taken throughout a assessment assembly chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in Pune on Friday.
“These new restrictions shall be relevant for the following seven days from Saturday. As a part of it, there shall be a curfew from 6 pm to six am. Eateries, bars and eating places will stay closed, however residence supply of the meals will proceed, “Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao mentioned.
“Malls, cinema halls will stay shut for seven days from Saturday. All spiritual locations may even be closed for every week,” he mentioned.
Aside from weddings and final ceremony rituals, all different public gatherings have been banned within the district. For weddings, solely 50 individuals shall be allowed and solely 20 individuals can stay current for the final rites, he added.
He mentioned that important companies have been exempted from 6 pm to six am curfew.
With inputs from PTI
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