New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the unabated rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has indicated that the lockdown in the state could be extended till the end of this month.

According to a Times of India report, the lockdown may be extended in the state’s red zones, especially Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions which account for 90 per cent of Maharashtra’s COVID-19 cases till date.

During the all-party leaders’ meeting via video conference on Thursday, several lawmakers gave suggestions on a more effective handling of the situation.

The report quoted BJP’s Praveen Darekar and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi leader Prakash Ambedkar saying that the chief minister wanted the lockdown to be extended.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray suggested that SRPF platoons should be deployed in containment areas, especially in Mumbai. Meanwhile, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the situation in Mumbai was alarming and also raised the issue of dead bodies lying next to COVID-19 patients in Sion hospital. 

Fadnavis also questioned the government's decision to open liquor shops in Mumbai. Earlier this week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had reopening of several non-essential services including liquor shops. However, the order was later withdrawn. 

"Asymptomatic patients should be tested. The state should announce a fiscal package to revive the industrial sector. Plans to restart the economy should be worked out now," Fadnavis was quoted by Times of India as saying.

Kapil Patil of Lok Bharati said all indications were that the lockdown will be extended till the end of the month, at least in Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions. 

Maharashtra is the worst-hit from coronavirus and has so far reported nearly 18,000 confirmed cases and 700 fatalities. On Thursday, 692 people tested positive in Mumbai, taking the financial capital's tally past 11,000-mark and the death toll reaching 437 with 25 fatalities reported in a day. 

While the nationwide lockdown has been extended till May 17, Telangana has already extended it till May 29. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday said that he has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the decision, adding that the matter of relaxations will be reviewed on May 15. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta