Sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, Another Lockdown in Maharashtra?

Mumbai : The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has warned people to strictly follow guidelines on social distancing and masks or be prepared to face another round of lockdown in the state soon. As many as 3,663 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Maharashtra in last 24 hours.

In view of the recent rise in cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday termed the situation as “alarming” and warned that the Uddhav Thackeray government would be forced to take some harsh decisions, including lockdown to avoid more infections.

The Shiv Sena expressed displeasure over people violating the Covid-19 pandemic guidelines and said, “The government has again issued a stern warning to the people of the state to follow the corona rules and restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic.”

The ruling Sena said that follow the rules — otherwise the lockdown will have to be imposed again. The same warning has been given by the State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope himself. “The public should take it seriously,” it said, urging people to take precautions and warned of another lockdown if coronavirus infections continue to increase.

Meanwhile, 38 doctors and other health workers of the government-run medical college and hospital at Nagpur were tested positive on Wednesday. Positive cases came to the fore when 117 health workers were tested on Tuesday evening. Among the health workers, who found positive include: 13 MBBS students, nine residential doctors, 13 dental doctors, three nurses (one of them is the in-charge of the nursing staff), five radiologists, two surgeons and one each eye-specialist and anaesthetist.

Dr Avinash Gawande, the superintendent of the college informed that all off-line classes of medical and nursing courses at the college have been suspended in the wake of recent developments. “However, the online classes for the students will continue,” he said.