‘Will be forced to roll back relaxations if guidelines are not followed’: Uddhav Thackeray
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hinting at imposing the lockdown restrictions again in the state, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that the lockdown restrictions may continue at full extent if people don’t follow the guidelines issued by the central and state government.
The comments from the Chief Minister came after his Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting. He said the COVID-19 threat still persists and asked people to avoid crowding and maintain physical distancing.
“The virus threat still persists but we need to start economic activities. Outdoor physical activity has been allowed for your good health and not to spoil it," the CM said, as reported by news agency PTI, referring to reports of people crowding on the roads after the restrictions were eased.
"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," he said.
Thackeray also said that he has been demanding that suburban train services resume in Mumbai to allow people on essential services duty to commute. "Even now many of them are not able to travel because of lack of transport," he said.
Maharashtra remains to be the worst affected state by the coronavirus pandemic. The state has alone recorded 90,787 cases of coronavirus, while 3,289 people have succumbed to the deadly infection in the state. In Maharashtra, with 51,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Mumbai now has around 700 more cases than Wuhan, where coronavirus first surfaced in December last year and later turned into the epicentre of the pandemic.
In wake of the unabated rise in cases and deaths in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is yet to take a call on opening of shopping malls, restaurant and religious places, which have already reopened in several other parts of the country from June 8.
However, government offices in the state have been allowed to work with 15 per cent strength while private offices have been allowed with 10 per cent work force.
(With PTI Inputs)
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