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Decision on Maharashtra Covid-19 lockdown in 8-10 days, says Ajit Pawar

The statement from Pawar comes at the time Maharashtra is contemplating a state-wide strategy to deal with a rise in Covid-19 cases, including introducing travel curbs on people travelling from virus hot spot states like Delhi.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2020, 23:21 IST
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar at a Nationalist Congress party meet in Pune. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar at a Nationalist Congress party meet in Pune. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

A decision on imposing a lockdown in Maharashtra due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation could be expected in 8-10 days, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said on Sunday.

“There were huge crowds during the Diwali period. Even at the time of Ganesha Chaturthi, we saw crowds. We are speaking to relevant departments. We’ll review the situation for next 8-10 days and then a decision will be taken about the lockdown,” Pawar said in Pune.

He added, “During Diwali, there was a huge crowd as if corona itself died due to heavy crowd. Now there are predictions that a second wave may come. Government has made a lot of regulations to start schools which includes different ways as to how they should be sanitised.”

The statement from Pawar comes at the time Maharashtra is contemplating a state-wide strategy to deal with a rise in Covid-19 cases, including introducing travel curbs on people travelling from virus hot spot states like Delhi.

Pawar assured people that authorities are taking stock of the Covid-19 infection spread in Pune.

He also said that the lockdown in Pune will vary largely on the kind of situation that prevails.

“The positivity rate in Pune district is around 13 per cent. We will see how the situation turns up after another 8 to 10 days. Lockdowns have been imposed in other countries.

It depends on what kind of situation prevails in Pune district,” Pawar said.

Maharashtra government has allowed reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12 from Monday depending on the Covid-19 situation in local areas.

As of Sunday, Maharashtra added 5,753 cases of infection, taking the state’s cumulative tally to 17,80,208. The death toll in the state rose to 46,623 after 50 more people died due to the viral contagion in the last 24 hours. The state’s recovery rate is now 92.75 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.62 per cent.

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