Covid-19: NCP Chief cancels all public events amid rising cases

Mumbai: In the view of rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has cancelled all his programmes till March 1. He tweeted, “Against the backdrop of the increasing prevalence of coronavirus as well as following appeals from the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, I have canceled all my planned public events”.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, religious, social and political gatherings will be prohibited in the state from Monday.

In a televised address, Thackeray also said that political agitations will not be allowed for the next few days as they attract a crowd. “The pandemic is raising its head in the state, but whether it is another wave or not, it will be known in eight to fifteen days,” he said.

Asking people to follow “COVID-appropriate” behaviour and safety norms, he said he would observe for a week to 15 days and then decide whether to impose another lockdown. Uddhav Thackeray said that COVID-appropriate behaviour is a must and those violating the rules will be punished.

The decision comes at a time when Maharashtra is again witnessing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Six districts – Ratnagiri, Beed, Sindhudurg, Raigad, Satara and Amravati – have witnessed a noticeable rise in average daily deaths.

“Wear masks, observe discipline and maintain social distancing to avoid another lockdown,” Thackeray told the people of the state.

Meanwhile, Higher Technical Education Minister Uday Samant’s ‘Ministry of Higher and Technical Education’ programme at the Nehru Centre in Worli on Tuesday (February 22) has been cancelled amid rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

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