‘Will impose lockdown only if…’: Maharashtra govt on rising Covid cases in state
- Maharashtra on Wednesday reported a massive surge of 26,538 new Covid-19 cases, up from 18,466 on the preceding day. Moreover, the state reported 144 fresh Omicron cases that took its tally to 797.
Maharashtra health department on Thursday said that the state government will consider a lockdown or lockdown-like restrictions in the state only if medical oxygen demand goes beyond 800 metric tonnes a day or more than 40% of Covid-19 beds at hospitals are occupied.
Further, the department stated that the current spike in Covid-19 cases in the state may “peak in mid-February” and probably will “subside” by mid-March, according to news agency ANI.
Maharashtra on Wednesday witnessed a major surge in single-day Covid-19 case count after as many as 26,538 people tested positive for the virus, up from 18,466 on the preceding day. With this, the overall tally of the western state rose to 6757032, according to the health department bulletin.
Meanwhile, a total of 144 fresh Omicron cases were also reported during the same period of time, pushing the state's tally of the highly transmissible variant to 797. According to the Union health ministry's latest update, Maharashtra remains the most-hit state in the country by Omicron, ahead of Delhi that has so far detected 465 cases.
Of all the cities and districts in the state, Mumbai tops the chart with the highest infection rate both due to Covid-19 and the particular Omicron variant of the virus. Notably, of the 144 new cases confirmed by Maharashtra on Wednesday, Mumbai accounted for 100 of them.
The state health department's statements come after Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the state, which was attended by health minister Rajesh Tope along with other senior government officers.
Following the meeting, Pawar said that the state government has no plans at the moment to impose a lockdown in the state. Later in the day, Tope echoed the deputy chief minister, but added that there is a requirement to impose curbs when there is crowding.
The Maharashtra health minister said that the silver lining that stays at present is that 90 per cent of the Covid-19 cases in the state are asymptomatic and among the rest, only one or two per cent need hospitalisation.
A 30-year-old Titwala resident gave birth to a baby girl on platform No. 1 of Diva railway station in Thane on Wednesday morning. Railway Protection Force constable, Mamta Dangi, helped her with the delivery. The mother and child were later admitted to a private hospital in Diva. Dangi rushed to the spot with GRP staff and helped the woman to a safer spot. Dangi, though, refused to talk claiming she was not authorised to.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Wednesday decided to display the portrait of slain Babbar Khalsa International militant Balwinder Singh Jatana — who in 1990 had killed government officials supervising the construction of disputed Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal — at the Central Sikh Museum in Golden Temple complex, days after singer Sidhu Moose Wala glorified Jatana in his posthumously released song 'SYL'.
Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday listed '16 family dynasties' in the Karnataka unit of the BJP aKumaraswamy'she hit out at the saffron party for repeatedly calling the JD(S) a dynastic party. Kumaraswamy's outburst was against the repeated accusation of the BJP of calling JD(S) a dynastic party. The JD(S) leader lashed out against the BJP today for calling him a 'lucky dip CM' in a set of tweets.
Ninety per cent of students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University are apolitical and only 10 per cent are "troublemakers" who think they can build their political careers at the varsity, Vice Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit said on Wednesday. The JNU is the graveyard of political careers. You know last time what happened, all who did (such) politics are in jail," Pandit said. Kanhaiya Kumar is now in the Congress party.
A 42-year-old woman was allegedly beaten up and forced to carry her husband on shoulders in Khargone district for allegedly leaving her husband and staying with her uncle, police said on Wednesday. This is the second such incident reported from Madhya Pradesh in the past two days when a tribal woman was harassed for leaving her husband's house. He came to the village in Khargone and beat up her uncle.