• In the midst of the rising number of COVID-19 cases within the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Government has extended the lockdown till May 31.

  • The decision has been taken at an assembly where Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Delegate Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, and Ashok Chavan were present.

  • The total COVID-19 cases within the state are 25,922 with 975 deaths.

  • Mumbai, Pune, and Malegoan are one of the worst-hit regions in Maharashtra.

  • Lockdown 3.0 which was implemented by the Central Government is going to conclude on May 17.In an address to the country on Tuesday, PM Modi indicated on Lockdown 4.0.

  • He said that the fourth stage of the lockdown will be exceptionally diverse from the prior three stages.

  •  The government’s decision is pivotal as the dynamic coronavirus positive cases have marked 25,000 cases with 975 deaths whereas 5547 released so far.

  • Of the 36 areas, 14 fell within the red zone, 16 in orange, and 6 in the green zone. There are 43,000 towns over the state and the virus affected is restricted to a few hundred villages.

  • More than 40,000 mechanical units with 7 lakh farmers have resumed production whereas Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation has gotten more than 60,000 self-certifications to restart manufacturing in orange and green zones.

  • MIDC has carved out 40,000 hectare of land to actualize plug and play policy where the investor can take the land on lease or rent and they can set up unit within the shed to be built by MIDC.

  • MVA partners decided to supply advance relaxations to assist the kharif related works and smooth transportation of farm inputs and equipment within the orange and green zones.

  • The opening up economy is required as the state government’s income shortage after the lockdown is Rs 1.40 lakh crore whereas the collection of GST, which may be a major source of income, is anticipated to be 40%.

  • Thackeray at the MVA assembly categorically pointed out that Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Malegaon, Jalgaon, Aurangabad and Nagpur are the regions of concern.

  • Thackeray moreover informed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Public Health Department have been given a driven target of bringing commonality by May end.

  • Union health ministry joint secretary Luv Agarwal in his presentation to Thackeray and BMC on May 7 had estimated that the coronavirus positive cases will surge to 41,000 by May 27 when BMC will face a shortfall on health infrastructure including ICU beds, oxygen, quarantine and isolation centres.