Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced that the lockdown will not be lifted in the state after June 30 in wake of the rising coronavirus cases in the country.

Addressing the media via video conferencing, Thackeray, however, said that the state government will provide more relaxations in the state, adding that "things won't remain the same". 

"Don't think that the lockdown restrictions will cease after June 30...The threat of COVID-19 still looms over the state and all precautions need to be taken," Thackeray was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Appealing people "not to be restless and go out unnecessarily", Thackeray said that the cases of the dreadful virus will increase because the state has opened up and the government has ramped up the testing.

He further said that the Maharashtra government is planning to provide Remdesivir and Favipiravir for free in the state, adding that the programme called 'Chase the virus', which was launched on May 27, will continue.

Thackeray also spoke about plasma theraphy and said that the state government will start a dedicated plasma therapy facility from Monday and appealed people who are cured to come forward and donate plasma. 

As part of the campaign, 15 close contacts of a COVID-19 patient will compulsorily be kept in institutional quarantine, while community leaders will tell people about comorbidities, meals and other facilities available at institutional quarantine facilities etc, clinic timings etc. 

"We have received good results of Chase the Virus campaign in Mumbai and we have now decided to implement it across the state," Thackeray said, as reported by news agency PTI.

Thackeray also informed that he has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Abhiyaan so that Maharashtra can continue supply of food grains to the poor at low prices. 

"The process to waive off farm loans has been delayed due to the model code of conduct during local body elections and COVID-19 pandemic in Maharashtra. Now, we have decided to write off loans of the remaining farmers," news agency ANI quoted Thackeray as saying. 

Maharashtra is the worst affected state in India by the dreadful coronavirus. The deadly pathogen has affected more than 1.59 lakh people and claimed over 7,200 lives in Maharashtra so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The data available at the Union Health Ministry website says that the active number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra is over 67,000 while more than 84,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma