New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the ever increasing COVID-19 cases in the state, Maharashtra government is likely extend the lockdown in Mumbai and some other cities including Pune, Malegaon, Aurangabad and Solapur. However, an official confirmation for the extension is still awaited. The current phase of the nation-wide lockdown is going to end on May 17.

According to a report by NDTV, the Maharashtra government is mulling to extend the lockdown till May 31 in these areas. Maharashtra’s Industry Minister Subhash Desai confirmed the news of the extension and as quoted by NDTV said that the ‘lockdown with stricter measures will be extended in Mumbai’. He also said that the state government is planning major sops for industry to rejuvenate economic activity.

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"The government expressed its intent to extend the lockdown in Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad and Malegaon town in Nashik district till May 31. The state's view will be conveyed to the centre in writing," said an official as reported by NDTV.

"In the rest of the state, the guidelines of the Centre will be implemented when they are announced before the lockdown 3.0 ends on May 17," a state government official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The statement from the minister and officials came after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with the lawmakers to discuss the on ground situation and extension of lockdown. The chief minister also advocated in view that the lockdown should be extended in most effected cities likes Mumbai and Pune.  

Maharashtra is the worst-hit Indian state with the deadly coronavirus. The total number of cases in the state stood at 27,524 with 1,019 deaths. Of the total, Mumbai accounts for nearly 70 per cent cases in the state with 16,579 infections, while the death toll in the metropolis has reached 621, which is over 75 per cent of the total deaths in the state.

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The nationwide shutdown, which was first enforced on March 24, has been extended twice, on April 14 and May 4. The third phase will end on May 17. However, PM Modi on Monday had already announced a fourth phase of lockdown and said that the ‘lockdown 4.0 will be very different and will have different set of rules.

Posted By: Talib Khan