UPDATED: May 30, 2021 22:38 IST
The Covid lockdown in Maharashtra has been extended till June 15 but restrictions will be eased in some districts after review, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday. In the districts where cases are declining, some relaxations will be announced. On the other hand, in districts where cases are rising, more curbs will be imposed.
“Many are threatening to agitate if opening up is not announced. I want to request you to have patience. We have not imposed a very strict lockdown. I am not enjoying keeping these restrictions. But it is the need of the hour,” Thackeray stated during a press conference.
The chief minister said that although Covid cases in the state are declining and the peak of the second wave is over, “cases have to come down even more”. He stated that the number of cases in rural areas are increasing slightly and that has to be stopped.
During the press conference, CM Thackeray said that Maharashtra is well-equipped to vaccinate all its citizens. Vaccinations for students who are pursuing courses abroad has begun, he informed.
“Vaccines can be administered day and night but there is a huge shortage in terms of production of vaccines. I am told more vaccines will be provided by June,” he stated.
COVID THIRD WAVE?
On the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19, Thackeray said, “The third wave will not give us an exact date and come at that time. The virus has changed a lot since the first wave. We have increased testing facilities, oxygen and ventilator beds and oxygen generating capacity. We should not have a shortage of oxygen if the third wave comes.”
In order to tackle a possible shortage of doctors during the third wave, the chief minister said they have started a new initiative called ‘Maaza Doctor’ (My Doctor).