Mumbai :- After the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday apologised for the lockdown and referred to the Chinese city of Wuhan to say that things will get better even as the state became the first in the country to report more than a thousand COVID-19 cases.
The state reported 60 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, taking the total tally to 1,078. Of these new cases, 44 tested positive in Mumbai while nine in Pune, four in Nagpur and one each in Ahmednagar, Akola, and Buldhana. Thackeray thanked the people of the state and also apologised for the inconvenience caused due to the lockdown.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi apologized to the public for imposing a three-week national lockdown, calling it harsh but “needed to win” the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. While making an apology he said that it had caused difficulties in the lives of people, especially the poor people. “I know some of you will be angry with me. But these tough measures were needed to win this battle,” he also said.
The unprecedented lockdown order, which came into effect on March 24 mid-night to keep India’s 130-crore people at home for all but essential trips to places like markets or pharmacies, is meant to prevent the spread of the virus from surging and overwhelming India’s already strained health care system.
Talking to people of the state through the Facebook live on Wednesday, he said, “I understand that people are facing different types of issues while staying at home. People are getting bored. I am sorry about that but there is no option other than staying at home to beat COVID-19.”
The chief minister asked people to stay home and stay safe. He also requested them to use masks while stepping out of their homes, if they have to. “I am getting news from all over the world that things in Wuhan have returned to normal and the restrictions are being removed. It’s good news. This means things can be better with time,” he further said.