As Maharashtra observed the primary day of a weekend lockdown after five days of daytime restrictions and night curfews, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday indicated that the government would likely impose a extended lockdown of up to fifteen days to interrupt the chain of infection, starting Monday, April 12.
At a gathering of representatives from the ruling three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi, and therefore the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, he sought the cooperation of all parties for any decision that the state will absorb this regard. Thackeray was assured support by all those present, including former Chief Minister and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis.Fadnavis demanded that the govt spell out an in depth decide to allay the fears of individuals about job losses and livelihood issues during the lockdown.
“As an opposition party, we are willing to lend our support to the govt and reach bent all constituents suffering from lockdown. But at an equivalent time, while explaining the explanations for extreme measures, we've to offer them some options to reconcile with the challenges. The economic concerns can't be dismissed,” he said at the meeting.
Maharashtra on Saturday recorded 55,411 fresh Covid-19 cases with 9,330 cases in Mumbai. Both the state and city have seen a marginal drop by fresh infections thanks to restrictions introduced publicly movement over the week. The active caseload within the state is 5.36 lakh. Deaths have risen since March with 309 fatalities on Saturday alone. Since the last four days, Maharashtra has recorded over 300 Covid-19 deaths.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, CM Thackeray held a gathering with the State Task Force to debate various aspects of Covid management, like the utilization of remdesivir and therefore the availability of oxygen and hospital beds.In Mumbai, Fadnavis said his party wasn't not against Covid-19 restrictions. “But the govt will need to provide an alternate to varied sectors. there's massive unrest amongst the people because it relates to their livelihood and business concerns which can't be ignored.”