Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that the lockdown will not be 're-announced' in the state and requested people to practice social distancing to control the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in the state.

"Lockdown will not be re-announced. Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has requested and appealed to the people not to crowd anywhere and follow the instructions given by the government," Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office (CMO) in a tweet, as reported by news agency ANI.

This comes just two day after Uddhav Thackeray said that the state government will be forced to withdrawn relaxations in Maharashtra if people don't follow the guidelines issued by the Centre and the state government. 

Asking people to avoid crowded places, the Chief Minister had said that the virus threat still persists but the state needs to start economic activities, adding that "outdoor physical activities have been allowed for your good health and not to spoil it".

"Lockdown may continue if this happens. But I am confident people will listen to the government's rules and guidelines since it is taking care of their welfare," Thackeray had said earlier.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in India by the novel coronavirus. So far, the state has reported more than 97,600 COVID-19 cases and nearly 3,600 fatalities. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare says that there are nearly 48,000 active coronavirus cases in the state.

According to the Health Ministry, the recovery rate in Maharashtra stands at 47.18 per cent as more than 46,000 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.  

The state, however, has provided several relaxations in the state during the first phase of the Centre's three-phase plan to upliftment the lockdown, allowing private offices to resume work with 10 per cent work force.

The Thackeray government, however, has not allowed shopping malls, restaurant and religious places and places of worship to reopen in Maharashtra under 'unlock 1.0'.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma