Covid-19: Can't rule out lockdown, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray as cases & deaths surge - Times of India

MUMBAI: Cautioning that health infrastructure in the state is likely to be overwhelmed in the next 15-20 days if Covid-19 cases continue the strong surge, CM Uddhav Thackeray warned he will decide on a complete lockdown in the next two days. Senior officials said the government is going to impose stricter restrictions, and ensuring against crowding in public places rather than a lockdown. The state and city again hit daily peaks, logging 47,827 and 8,844 new cases, with 202 and 19 deaths on Friday. Despite CM warning, babus say lockdown unlikely soonCM Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday he will take a decision on a lockdown after two days after watching if people are following Covid-appropriate behavior. “I am warning of a complete lockdown, not declaring it as of now. I will be talking to more people over the next two days to see if we can find a workable solution to stop the surge. Many countries across the world are imposing a lockdown,” said Thackeray on Friday, addressing the state via social media platforms. A senior official said the state could impose specific curbs in the eight districts like Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nagpur that are leading the surge rather than taking a blanket decision for the state. “All these options are open. Lockdown may not be immediately imposed.” “Lockdown is the last resort. If the public cooperates with the administration, we may not need a lockdown,” said public health minister Rajesh Tope. Thackeray’s tone was far sterner. “I am very well aware that a lockdown is damaging, but in a situation like this, we have to prioritise lives,” he said, adding that of the 2.2 lakh isolation beds in the state, nearly 62% are occupied, 48% of the ICU beds are taken, one-third of ventilator beds are occupied. “The state is increasing the health infrastructure, but how will you increase the number of health workers? The manpower has been stretched thin. The same people are roped in for vaccination, to conduct Covid tests and to even go door-todoor for follow-ups. Our health workers are doing everything without any complaints.” Pointing fingers at the opposition opposing a lockdown, Thackeray said they should help frontline workers. “Even if people call me a villain, I have the responsibility of the people of this state and I will do my responsibility,” said Thackeray. Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said talk of lockdown is fine but the European countries the CM is pointing at ensured aid packages for their citizens during lockdown. In his speech, the CM seemed to indicate the predicament of administrators, saying the state increased testing and vaccination as suggested yet cases are spiralling. He said he did not believe vaccination or increasing testing can reduce the growth rate of cases. “We are testing people so that they can be treated in time. But no one is able to give a solution to stop the increase in cases,” said Thackeray, stressing that all we know so far is wearing a mask, maintaining distance and washing hands help, but people are not following these basic rules. “The vaccine is an umbrella to protect you from the rain. But we are not facing just rains, this is a storm. The umbrella will help us get less wet,” said Thackeray. He highlighted that the state is at the top in testing and vaccination. “We have the capacity of conducting over 1.8 lakh tests per day, which will be increased to 2.5 lakh tests per day. Most of these tests will be using the RT-PCR method. Also, the state is leading in vaccination,” the CM said. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Covid-19: Can't rule out lockdown, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray as cases & deaths surge - Times of India

MUMBAI: Cautioning that health infrastructure in the state is likely to be overwhelmed in the next 15-20 days if Covid-19 cases continue the strong surge, CM Uddhav Thackeray warned he will decide on a complete lockdown in the next two days.

Senior officials said the government is going to impose stricter restrictions, and ensuring against crowding in public places rather than a lockdown.


The state and city again hit daily peaks, logging 47,827 and 8,844 new cases, with 202 and 19 deaths on Friday.

Despite CM warning, babus say lockdown unlikely soon

CM Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday he will take a decision on a lockdown after two days after watching if people are following Covid-appropriate behavior. “I am warning of a complete lockdown, not declaring it as of now.

I will be talking to more people over the next two days to see if we can find a workable solution to stop the surge. Many countries across the world are imposing a lockdown,” said Thackeray on Friday, addressing the state via social media platforms.

A senior official said the state could impose specific curbs in the eight districts like Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nagpur that are leading the surge rather than taking a blanket decision for the state. “All these options are open. Lockdown may not be immediately imposed.”
“Lockdown is the last resort. If the public cooperates with the administration, we may not need a lockdown,” said public health minister Rajesh Tope.

Thackeray’s tone was far sterner. “I am very well aware that a lockdown is damaging, but in a situation like this, we have to prioritise lives,” he said, adding that of the 2.2 lakh isolation beds in the state, nearly 62% are occupied, 48% of the ICU beds are taken, one-third of ventilator beds are occupied.

“The state is increasing the health infrastructure, but how will you increase the number of health workers? The manpower has been stretched thin. The same people are roped in for vaccination, to conduct Covid tests and to even go door-todoor for follow-ups. Our health workers are doing everything without any complaints.”

Pointing fingers at the opposition opposing a lockdown, Thackeray said they should help frontline workers. “Even if people call me a villain, I have the responsibility of the people of this state and I will do my responsibility,” said Thackeray. Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said talk of lockdown is fine but the European countries the CM is pointing at ensured aid packages for their citizens during lockdown.

In his speech, the CM seemed to indicate the predicament of administrators, saying the state increased testing and vaccination as suggested yet cases are spiralling. He said he did not believe vaccination or increasing testing can reduce the growth rate of cases.
“We are testing people so that they can be treated in time. But no one is able to give a solution to stop the increase in cases,” said Thackeray, stressing that all we know so far is wearing a mask, maintaining distance and washing hands help, but people are not following these basic rules.

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“The vaccine is an umbrella to protect you from the rain. But we are not facing just rains, this is a storm. The umbrella will help us get less wet,” said Thackeray. He highlighted that the state is at the top in testing and vaccination. “We have the capacity of conducting over 1.8 lakh tests per day, which will be increased to 2.5 lakh tests per day. Most of these tests will be using the RT-PCR method. Also, the state is leading in vaccination,” the CM said.