As Covid cases rise, Maharashtra CM warns of lockdown again

Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked people to strictly follow government-mandated guidelines on masks and social distancing or be prepared to face another round of lockdown as the State reported more than 3,000 cases of the coronavirus disease on Tuesday for the seventh straight day.

“If people do not wear masks or follow Covid-19 rules, then the district and police administration has the responsibility to strictly enforce these rules. They must take strict punitive and necessary action without showing any leniency,” said Thackeray.

The Chief Minister further said, “Over the past year we have set SOPs for various sectors while fighting COVID-19, but it does not appear to be implemented. It is a serious concern.”

He added: “Wedding ceremonies, parties and other social events are seen taking place without following guidelines. We have extended the times of restaurants and hotels but we do not see that the rules are being followed.”

Health Minister Rajesh Tope reiterated that Maharashtra is opening up for various activities, but following Covid-19 protocol and increased vaccination is the way forward against the backdrop of a slight rise in active cases in Vidarbha, Marathwada and in metros.

 

NT Bureau