Mumbai: With the enormous rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday cautioned of a total lockdown in the following two days if the same situation in the state holds on. Uddhav repeated that he doesn’t need to impose a lockdown but the present situation demands stricter checks as individuals are apathetically flouting the norms. The CM said that he would talk about it with a couple of experts across sections and report his decision in the coming days.

Major Highlights

  • Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that Maharashtra tops in the country in terms of vaccinations.
  • Over 3 lakh people were vaccinated in a single day on April 1, and over 65 lakh have received the jabs, he said.
  • “The state is capable enough to increase the vaccinations to 5-6 lakh per day in the future, however, the Centre must provide more vaccines,” the Chief Minister added.
  • The Chief Minister also lashed out at those comparing the daily COVID-19 cases reported in Maharashtra and other states. “We are not hiding any patient and will never hide in the future.”
  • Uddhav expressed concern over the rising COVID-19 cases and said that looking at the current trend, the medical equipment in the state may fall short in the coming 15 days.
  • “We have two lakh isolation beds (62% are occupied), 20,519 ICU beds (48% are occupied), over 62,000 oxygen beds (25% are occupied), and 9,347 ventilators of which 25% are in use currently,” he said.
  • Meanwhile, Maharashtra has reported 47,827 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, its highest spike since the pandemic outbreak last year. Besides, 202 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the day, taking the death toll to 55,359.