'Possibility of lockdown in Maharashtra cannot be ruled out'

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'Possibility of lockdown in Maharashtra cannot be ruled out' (Image: Twitter/ANI)
'Possibility of lockdown in Maharashtra cannot be ruled out' (Image: Twitter/ANI)

Mumbai : Amid continuous surge in the number of coronavirus in Maharashtra, CM Uddhav Thackeray has said that the possibility of re-imposing lockdown in the state cannot be ruled out.

"I cannot rule out imposing a lockdown if the current COVID-19 situation prevails. People have become complacent. We are in a Catch 22 situation - should we look at economy or health?" the Chief Minister said in a televised address.

"If this condition continues, I have told you already that in 15 days we will exhaust our infrastructure. So today I am giving a warning of a lockdown. Not announcing a lockdown yet. But if I don't find a solution in two days after speaking to more people, then I have no option," he said.

He also mentioned that new strict restrictions will be announced in Maharashtra to control the spread of coronavirus within two days.

Maharashtra has been worst-hit state by coronavirus in India. On Good Friday, it registered around 48,000 new COVID-19 cases. This is the highest figure by Maharashtra since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

Night Curfew is already in place in many districts in Maharashtra.

Across the nation, more than 81,000 new coronavirus cases were registered on Friday. Health ministry data showed the total number of cases surged to 1.23 crore, making India the third-most hit country from the virus after the United States and Brazil.