Mumbai: In the midst of an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday met the state Covid-19 task force members to take the final decision on stricter controls. A comprehensive plan was worked out in today’s meeting. The Maharashtra CM talked about several issues including the accessibility of oxygen and beds, use of Remdesivir, treatment protocols, increment incapacity of facilities, fines for damaging Covid-19 protocols, and imposition in today’s meeting.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Directorate of Medical Education and Research Dr. TP Lahane, Taskforce Chief Dr. Sanjay Oak, alongside others attended a meeting called CM Thackeray via video conferencing. At today’s meeting with CM Thackeray, the state Covid-19 task force members have recommended to the Maharashtra Government to impose a lockdown in the state.
After the meeting, Maharashtra Congress Minister Aslam Sheikh informed, “In today’s meeting with the state COVID-19 Task Force, everyone was of the view to impose lockdown in the state. SOPs and guidelines for it to be discussed.”
TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF CM’s MEETING
- People in today’s meeting were of the view that
a lockdown should be imposed for 2 weeks, some were in favour of a 3-week
- A meeting will be held again tomorrow. “We’ve
asked Covid-19 task force to study why cases are increasing only in Maharashtra
and not in states where elections are being held,” Shaikh said.
- Maharashtra has also been reporting a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines for the last two days.
- Reacting to this, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Maharashtra has received 1.10 crore doses as per the latest report updated till yesterday.”
- State Congress President Nana Patole blamed the rise in coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra due to the “poor supply” of vaccines.
- “Though no formal decision on a lockdown has arrived at the all-party meeting, the chief minister appears to be in favour of a strict lockdown,” state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said
- Apart from prominent ministers from the ruling Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, Patole and other leaders also attended the meeting.
- “The BJP feels a lockdown is necessary, but the government should first work out a financial package for the people who will be affected,” Chandrakant Patil said.
This comes as Maharashtra has been recording over 50,000 daily cases for the past few days, taking the tally to 33,43,951. Meanwhile, the worst-hit Covid-19 state has administered over 1 crore vaccine doses state so far. Earlier today, Tope said that a lockdown has not been imposed yet. He, however, said that the CM has held deliberations with people from various sectors in wake of the resurgence of Covid cases. “Final decision on imposing lockdown will be taken by CM himself,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday, CM Thackeray indicated the imposition of a strict lockdown in Maharashtra given the alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, as per some ministers and a senior BJP leader who attended an all-party meeting.