New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that it is impossible to ease the restrictions in the state due to the high number of coronavirus cases. He also said that the state is facing two challenges, first is maintaining the green zones and second is converting the red zones into green. 

Announcing the opening of 50,000 industries across the country in a bid to revive the pandemic-hit economy, Thackeray urged migrant workers to return and resume activities in green zones. 

"We are seeing a shortage of workers and I want to appeal to people of Maharashtra, to those in green zones to step out and join these industries," he said. 

Thackeray, however, made it clear that there will be no relaxations in lockdown restrictions during the fourth phase of lockdown, which will continue till May 31. 

"What if we lift the lockdown and this corionavirus spreads everywhere? I won't let that happen in Maharashtra. Because of the lockdown, we have managed to control the rise in cases.  Even though we have not broken the chain, we are trying," NDTV quoted Thackeray as saying.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state due to COVID-19 in the country and has so far reported over 33,000 cases and nearly 1,200 deaths. The state recorded over 2,000 cases for the second consecutive day on Monday. 

The Centre on Sunday allowed inter- and intra-state movement of public vehicles with conditions and reopening of all shops except those in malls and COVID-19 containment zones as it extended the nationwide lockdown till may 31, during which flight and Metro services and all kinds of public gatherings will be barred.

It allowed e-commerce platforms to deliver all goods, including those considered non-essential, in all areas except containment zones.

The government also decentralised delination of Red, Green and Orange zones -- marking of areas based on COVID-19 case load -- to state and union territories but said that the same should be done after taking into consideration of parameters shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta