Will Maharashtra go for Lockdown? CM Thackeray calls for urgent meeting to review COVID-19 situation

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday called for an urgent meeting to review the situation of rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state. As per reports, the chief minister has called the meeting amid the surge of Covid cases in the state.

The review meeting has been after the chief minister had asked people to strictly follow government-mandated guidelines on masks and social distancing or be prepared to face another round of lockdown. According to sources, the MVA administration is planning to implement stricter restriction as the state is witnessing surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Union health ministry on Wednesday said that 60% of all Covid-19 active cases are concentrated in Maharashtra. “60% of all active cases are concentrated in Maharashtra. Mortality Rate is less than 2% even when certain States/UTs are seeing a surge,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

The Maharashtra government has admitted that it is witnessing a second wave of Covid-19 infections and has begun taking measures to contain the spread of the disease.

On Wednesday Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted about Maharashtra seeking more vaccine doses but it is “yet to use the stocks that has been already provided”.”Maharashtra government had only used 23 lakh vaccines out of the total 54 lakh vaccines sent to the state, till 12th March. 56% vaccines remained unused. Now, Shiv Sena MP asks for more vaccines for the state. First mismanagement of pandemic now poor administration of vaccine”, said Javadekar in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 23,179 fresh COVID-19 cases, its highest single-day tally in 2021. With these new cases, the state’s overall caseload has climbed to 23,70,507.

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