Involved over the current surge in COVID-19 instances in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday requested residents to strictly comply with government-mandated tips on masks and social distancing or be ready to face one other spherical of lockdown.
After reporting 4,092 COVID-19 instances on final Sunday, highest single-day tally in additional than a month, Maharashtra registered 3,663 new instances on Tuesday, 461 of them in Mumbai.
This was the seventh straight day when the state’s every day depend remained above the three,000-mark, indicating a gradual rise in infections as in comparison with the last few weeks.
Expressing concern over the lackadaisical angle in following COVID-19-related security protocols within the wake of phase-wise lifting of restrictions, he stated it was as much as residents to determine in the event that they wish to go into an entire lockdown once more to curb the unfold of the an infection.
“It’s as much as the folks of the state to determine if they need a lockdown or reside freely with some restrictions. Put on face masks and keep away from crowds or else (you) might want to go right into a lockdown once more,” Mr Thackeray stated.
Alarmed over the surge in COVID-19 instances in the previous few days in some districts, Thackeray held a assessment assembly with divisional commissioners and collectors by means of video conferencing to take inventory of the state of affairs.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was amongst these current on the event.
The CM requested the administration to make sure security norms like carrying face masks in public and social distancing are adopted and authorised officers to take motion towards offenders.
“Folks might have develop into complacent however the authorities mustn’t (drop guard),” Thackeray stated and requested the administration to recurrently sanitise and disinfect public locations.
Cellular vans must be utilized in rural areas to extend the variety of COVID-19 exams, the chief minister stated.
Talking on the assembly, Mr Thackeray stated, Non- implementation of COVID-19 security SoPs is a severe issues.
“The administration ought to contact business institutions and organisations and verify if they’re following SOPs. Wherever vital, declare containment zones.”
He pressured on the necessity for contact tracing of every affected person in areas the place COVID-19 instances are rising.
“Contact tracing should be executed in a focused method. At the least 20 contacts of every affected person must be traced and examined,” the CM advised.
Police permission can be required for organising marriage capabilities, Mr Thackeray stated.
“Marriage ceremonies held up for the final one yr have resumed…social gatherings and events have additionally begun with none security guidelines.
“Timings of lodges and eating places have been prolonged however security norms have been uncared for,” Mr Thackeray stated, including native authorities ought to maintain a vigil on crowding and take quick motion wherever vital.
Banquet corridor homeowners must be punished if anyone is discovered shifting within the premises and not using a face masks, he stated.
The chief minister stated agitations, public conferences and processions shouldn’t be permitted given the current COVID-19 state of affairs.
He stated the authorities ought to cancel permits and licences of halls and auditoriums the place security SOPs aren’t adopted throughout marriages and different social capabilities.
The CM directed that discipline hospitals must be monitored to verify if all amenities are practical.
Until February 16, the state has recorded 20,71,306 COVID-19 instances and 51,591 deaths.