UPDATED: April 9, 2021, 17:28 IST
Maharashtra Disaster Management Minister Vijay Wadettiwar on Friday said that he has proposed a complete lockdown in the state in view of the continued spike in Covid-19 cases and upcoming festivals. Speaking to India Today TV, the minister said that it was crucial to close all sops and establishments to break the chain of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vijay Wadettiwar said that he proposed a complete lockdown in the state during a virtual meeting earlier in the day. The final call on this matter will be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday during an all-party meeting, he said.
“Every day we are witnessing 50 to 60 thousand cases. We have 5.31 lakh active cases today. If the upsurge continues like this, we will have more than 10 lakh active cases soon,” the disaster management minister said, adding that to avoid such a situation the state must break the chain of transmission by minimising crowding.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the state now stands at 32,29,547.
Maharashtra also reported 376 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, taking the cumulative death toll to 57,028.
36,130 patients were also discharged across the state today and the total recoveries in the state are 26,49,757. The recovery rate in Maharashtra is now 82.05 per cent.
The state is now left with 5,21,317 active cases.
“If we have to break the chain, it’s not possible keeping half the shops and establishments open. In the virtual conference that took place today, I have suggested a strict lockdown of three weeks to break the chain,” the minister said