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EXTEND OF 15 DAYS OF LOCK DOWN IN MAHARASHTRA SAYS CM UDDHAV


EXTEND OF 15 DAYS OF  LOCKDOWN IN MAHARASHTRA SAYS CM UDDHAV 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that the decision on whether or not the lockdown should be extended in the state will be taken only after April 14 when the lockdown is supposed to end.

A 21-day nationwide lockdown is in force since March 25 to facilitate social distancing and halt the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a first, Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting of his cabinet on video conference from his official residence in Mumbai.

Other Maharashtra ministers like Balasaheb Thorat, Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil, Eknath Shinde and Aaditya Thackeray were physically present at the meeting.

The other ministers joined them via video conferencing.

Uddhav Thackeray reportedly said at the meeting that he is not in favour of taking any decision regarding the extension until the existing lockdown period is over.

Availability of testing kits, medical facilities, essential commodities and community kitchens figured in the discussion during the cabinet meeting.

Principal Secretary (Health) Dr Pradeep Vyas and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi briefed the Cabinet on the measures they have taken in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has decided to expand the affordable meal scheme 'Shiv Bhojan' to the taluka level. The meal will be available at Rs 5 at centre across the state for the next three months. These centres will be open between 11 am to 3 pm. The decision has been taken in view of the stranded labourers and the poor who have lost their employment during the lockdown.

Uddhav Thackeray has authorised district collectors to take decisions on posting of home guards, while local officials would decide on timings for distribution of essential items.
The Maharashtra government has also decided to acquire the services of registered doctors and other medical staff.

At present, the state has 10,317 isolation beds, 2,666 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, 1,317 ventilators and 41,400 Personal Protection Equipments. With over 20 fresh cases reported on Friday, Maharashtra's total number of coronavirus cases have reached 1,385. Out of the total cases, over half are from Mumbai alone.
Mumbai's neighbouring city Pune may extend the lockdown by another 10 days.
"We are waiting for further orders from the government on extending the lockdown, but in my opinion, we would need the entire city to remain under lockdown for at least 10 more days after April 14, to effectively control the spread of coronavirus," said Shekhar Gaikwad, Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Pune has already sealed a total of 30 sq km area in the city and is planning to seal six more slum areas.
"If not for the entire city, these areas, in which we have more than five COVID-19 positive cases, should remain sealed for at least 15 more days after April 14. We are deploying extensive police force in the containment zones and nearly 400 teams of two people each are conducting door-to-door surveys, so we can admit the patients and quarantine the suspected cases timely," Gaikwad added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of all states on Saturday via video. At the interaction, a call would be taken on whether the 21-day lockdown should be extended.

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