Maharashtra extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 1, mandates negative RT-PCR report for those entering the state

Updated on May 13, 2021 12:23 PM IST
  • The state government also imposed stringent restrictions on Thursday as it made carrying a negative RT-PCR report to enter the state through any mode of transportation mandatory.
A street in Maharashtra's Amravati wears a deserted look during complete lockdown imposed by authorities amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.(PTI Photo)
A street in Maharashtra's Amravati wears a deserted look during complete lockdown imposed by authorities amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.(PTI Photo)
By | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the ongoing restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the state till June 1, 7am. The lockdown imposed by the state government under the 'break the chain' initiative was supposed to end on May 15.

The state government also imposed stringent restrictions on Thursday as it made carrying a negative RT-PCR report to enter the state through any mode of transportation mandatory.

Maharashtra, which is the top contributor to the daily new Covid-19 infections in the country reported a decline of more than than 30,000 active cases on Wednesday, as per the Union health ministry data. The per-day growth rate average of the state is also half the national average as it stands at 0.8 per cent, state health minister Tope said on Wednesday.

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"Maharashtra's Covid-19 growth rate is merely half of the country's daily growth rate. The state's per day growth rate is 0.8 per cent as against the country's rate of 1.4 per cent. The state is carrying out around two lakh tests on a daily basis while per million testings is around 2.50 lakh. It is a very good sign for us," PTI quoted Tope as saying.

Speaking of the success of the 'break the chain' initiative to drive down the Covid-19 infection rate in the state, Tope said that the strict measures under the initiative have definitely reduced the number of Covid-19 cases but the curve is not stable yet, as per the PTI report. There are some 12-45 districts in the state that have shown a declining trend in the number of viral infections, he added.

However, there are still some districts where the number of cases is a cause of concern, Tope said. The positivity rate in these parts of the state has not plummeted and is still hovering over 10 per cent, he added, as per the report.

Also read: India records 3.62 lakh fresh Covid-19 infections, 4,120 deaths in 24 hours

Maharashtra on Wednesday found 46,781 people infected with the disease in the last 24 hours, while 816 lost their lives to the infection, according to the state health bulletin.

The Covid-19 case tally of the state has reached 5,226,710 and the active caseload stands at over 546,000 after the addition of new cases on Wednesday. The death toll in the state has reached 78,007, the bulletin showed.

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