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CM’s not in favour of lifting lockdown; some easing likely Says Next 15 Days Are Crucial To Combat Covid

May 30, 2020 06:24 AM

COURTESY TOI MAY 30

CM’s not in favour of lifting lockdown; some easing likely
Says Next 15 Days Are Crucial To Combat Covid
Parag Karandikar

Mumbai:

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday indicated that Maharashtra, especially hotspots like Mumbai and Pune, would continue to remain under lockdown—albeit with a few further relaxations—once Version 4.0 ends this Sunday. He said the next 15 days— when “everyone needs to be careful”— would be crucial in the fight against Covid-19.


The state government would fix and outline its new set of rules and relaxations once the Centre made its position on the post-May 31 scenario clear during the weekend, he told a select group of editors, including from Maharashtra Times, TOI’s sister publication.

He claimed the state government had the overall Covid-19 numbers under control and that the fatality rate had come down, but added that it was still not time to lower one's guard. “We are at a turning point now. The pandemic is close to peaking, or may have peaked at the moment, in Mumbai and Pune. So how we go ahead from here is important,” he said. Referring to a “second wave of infections now being seen in China and Kerala,” he added, “The experience so far has been that once curbs are eased, there’s a second wave. Will we have such a wave at all, and how strong will it be, is a question.”

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