Maharashtra COVID Crisis: Thackeray announces new restrictions amid spike in cases | As it happened
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced that the state government won't impose another lockdown but fresh restrictions will come into effect from 8 pm on Wednesday. Appealing people to follow appropriate COVID behaviour, Thackeray said that the situation is Maharashtra is "worrying" as the state has been reporting more than 50,000 cases for the past few days.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh had said that the state government will likely announce the fresh guidelines to check the spread of the infection on Tuesday. The state has been reporting more than 50,000 coronavirus cases for the past week, prompting the state government to impose restrictions.
Here are the highlights from Thackeray's address:
21:07 pm: Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel and restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:57 pm: We are imposing strict restrictions which will come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as lockdown, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:52 pm: Won't impose another lockdown, new restrictions to begin from 8 pm tomorrow, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:49 pm: I will speak to the Prime Minister to request him to provide us IAF assistance in the supply of oxygen for medical use from nearby states, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:47 pm: The health infrastructure has been burdened. Everything has a limit, if you stretch it beyond it's limit, it will collapse, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:47 pm: How long can you have discussions? We cannot afford to lose more time, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:45 pm: We are continuously upgrading our healthcare infrastructure but they are under pressure. There is a shortage of medical oxygen, beds and the demand for Remdesivir has also increased, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:43 pm: Uddhav Thackeray demands relaxation in GST, appeals PM Modi for supply of more oxygen.
20:42 pm: It's taking time for tests and test reports because the infrastructure has been burdened, says Uddhav Thackeray.
20:41 pm: 60,212 fresh COVID19 cases have been reported in the state today, says Uddhav Thackeray
20:39 pm: Coronavirus situation in state out of control, says Uddhav Thackeray
20:38 pm: Current situation is scary, warns Uddhav Thackeray
20:36 pm: War against COVID is not over yet, says Thackeray
20:32 pm: Uddhav Thackeray begins his address
20:32 pm: Uddhav Thackeray will address the people of the state shortly.
20:16 pm: Mumbai reports 7,898 new positive cases and 26 death, taking the total number of cases to 5,35,017.
Mumbai reports 7,898 new positive cases and 26 death, taking the total number of cases to 5,35,017 pic.twitter.com/ij7n08hYDE— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2021
19:42 pm: Celebrities who are asymptomatic should take treatment at home, not occupy beds in the hospital. Some celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar did not need to get admitted to the hospital. Beds should be left for the needy: Maharashtra Minister Aslam Sheikh
19:24 pm: CM will take a decision related to imposing strict SOPs today. We've to break the chain of transmission of infection. We could have avoided lockdown if the number of cases was less. The government will do its best to save lives: Maharashtra Minister Aslam Sheikh
19:10 pm: According to reports, Uddhav Thackeray is likely to announce a complete lockdown in the state for two weeks starting April 15.
18:50 pm: It is reported that Uddhav Thackeray may announce an extended lockdown in the state. Health Minister Rajesh Tope had Monday said that a final decision on lockdown will be taken after April 14.
17:47 pm: Nagpur reports 6,826 new COVID-19 cases, 3,518 recoveries, and 65 deaths.
Total cases: 2,91,043
Total recoveries: 2,24,078
Active cases: 61,062
Death toll: 5,903
17:24 pm: Just In: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to address the state at 8.30 pm today.
17:15 pm: In Maharashtra, you'll find that average daily cases, week on week, have grown significantly and reached a level of 57,000 plus. Tests/mn growing but not keeping pace with growth of average daily cases. If you look at share of RT-PCR tests, it's progressively coming down, says Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
16:55 pm: If you look at daily deaths, they also are showing an increasing trend. However, the previous surge's highest point was 1,114 and presently we have reported 879 deaths, says Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
16:50 pm: We have 89.51 per cent people who have been cured, 1.25 per cent deaths and 9.24 per cent active cases. If we look at new cases, we will find that the previous highest surge has already been crossed and the trend is going upward. That is a cause for worry: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, says Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
16:30 pm: Earlier on Tuesday, Shaikh had blamed Bollywood celebs and cricketers for the shortage of beds at the hospitals in Mumbai.
"Some celebrities from the film industry and cricketers had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic, but they got themselves admitted to major private hospitals and occupied beds for longer periods," Shaikh was quoted as saying by PTI.
16:00 pm: Malik has also warned the central government over the Kumbh Mela, saying "pandemic situation will worsen" if proper precautions are not followed.
"The Covid-19 cases increase due to mass gathering. In an election situation, there are thousands and thousands of people gathering together. Even in Kumbh Mela, lakhs of people gather together. The Government of India should take the matter seriously," he said.
15:55 pm: Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has also hinted that a lockdown will be imposed in the state. He, however, has said that a final decision regarding this will be announced on April 14.
15:50 pm: Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh has said that discussions with political leaders have also been held in the state to discuss the current situation.
15:45 pm: Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh has said that the state government will likely announce a set of fresh guidelines to check the spread of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday.
"We will come up with fresh guidelines today to break the chain of coronavirus. There will be a standard operating procedure for the entire state, which will be announced (on Tuesday) itself," he said, as reported by news agency PTI.
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