The number of new infections rose by 400,000 between April 4-10 and the pandemic resulted in deaths of 1,982 people.
Tuesday is Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian new year. Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated on April 14. Tope’s remarks on Sunday evening suggest that stiff curbs will come in place after these two festivals.
Thackeray reviewed the current health preparedness and directed the administration to increase the number of beds, increase availability of oxygen by setting up a plant, and complete vaccination of all medical personnel. There was a discussion on imposing restrictions and penalties for non-compliance.
A standard operating procedure related to lockdown is being formulated to control the infection which is spreading fast in the state. Task force members also recommended that housing societies could start quarantining patients with mild symptoms by arranging oxygen concentrators.
Members of the Opposition, as well some from the ruling party, have demanded that the government provide relief to various sections of society in the event of a lockdown. Shiv Sena leader and deputy chairperson of state legislative council said three days’ advance notice should be given and also called upon the state to provide ration and financial assistance to the vulnerable sections.
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