Pune : The deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday expressed concern over the sharp rise in positive cases of COVID-19 and instructed district administrations in the state to take strict action against people who are found without masks in public areas amid the pandemic.
Pawar said district administrations have been authorised to assess the situation in their respective districts and impose a lockdown from 6 am to 6 pm, if the situation demands. Moreover, local authorities have been asked to take strict action against those who do not wear masks in public, the deputy chief minister said.
Addressing a small gathering on the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s birth anniversary celebration at the fort, Pawar said he is thankful to people of the state for responding to the government’s appeal to celebrate Shiv Jayanti and other festivals in a simple manner in the last one year. “If Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had been there, he too would not have taken any decision that could endanger the lives of people,” he said.
Pawar said that he would discuss the issue of sharp rise of deadly virus across the state in a meeting to be held in Pune on February 21. A spike in Covid-19 cases witnessed in some districts of the state is a matter of concern, he said and added that in some cases, the local administrations of such districts have been authorised to impose lockdowns from 6 am to 6 pm if the situation demands.