Mumbai: Looking at the cases of coronavirus in the state, the Maharashtra government is likely to extend full lockdown in the state till May 31. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said after the cabinet meeting was concluded that the state ministers urged the chief minister to extend the lockdown in the state for 2 more weeks. “At the Cabinet meeting, the health department and ministers proposed to extend the lockdown for 15 days. The chief minister will take a final decision on this matter,” Rajesh Tope said. Also Read - Delta Plus Variant in Kerala: What You Should Know

Earlier, the Covid-19 task force had also suggested the state government to extend the lockdown period to break the chain of the coronavirus. Although cases have shown a downward trend, the state government is of the view that strict restrictions on the movement of people should continue so that the state may not see the third wave of the pandemic. Also Read - Baba Ramdev Moves SC Seeking Stay on Multiple FIRs Against Him For Remarks Over Allopathy

Speaking to reporters, Maharashtra Health Minister earlier had said that a decision over extension of lockdown in Maharashtra will be taken in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Also Read - Delta Plus Variant Cases Found in Bengaluru, Mysuru; Karnataka on Alert

Here are the Updates:

8: 25 PM: Strict lockdown of 8 days has been imposed in Kolhapur district from Saturday midnight. Decision was taken in the meeting led by guardian minister Satej Patil and attended by public representatives and district authorities. Detailed guidelines will be issued by district collector Daulat Desai on Thursday.

7:50 PM: Mumbai has reported 2116 new COVID-19 cases, 66 fatalities and 4293 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

7: 27 PM: At the Cabinet meeting, the health department and ministers proposed to extend the lockdown for 15 days. The chief minister will take a final decision on this matter, says Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

7: 19 PM: Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 46,781 new COVID-19 cases, 58,805 discharges and 816 deaths in the last 24 hours.

7: 17 PM: Last week, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar declared a complete lockdown in his home town and Assembly constituency of Baramati in Pune district.

7: 15 PM: State cabinet ministers and elected representatives are also mounting pressure on district administrations to impose a complete lockdown in their respective areas.

07: 00 PM: In the meantime, the Maharashtra cabinet decided to suspend vaccination for the 18-44 age group across the state for the time being. This was informed by Rajesh Tope.

5:41 PM: The Maharashtra government had first imposed lockdown on April 22, which was later extended till May 15 amid fears over third wave of pandemic.

5: 30 PM: “I feel that lockdown should be extended so that we work on the infrastructure for the third wave, otherwise we know what is happening with those who did not follow (COVID protocols),” says Aslam Shaikh, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister.

5: 15 PM: The strict curbs were imposed in Maharashtra from April 14 to break the coronavirus transmission chain.

5: 13 PM: The state government has asked Muslims to keep Eid celebrations low-key in view of the ongoing pandemic.

In the wake of the rising cases of coronavirus, the state government earlier had extended the lockdown-like restrictions till May 15. During this lockdown period, the Maharashtra government has allowed only emergency services to function including the centres for vaccination against Covid-19. Vegetable shops, grocery stores and milk outlets are functioning for four hours daily (7 am to 11 am).

The state government first imposed the lockdown on April 22, which was later extended till May 15 amid fears over the third wave of the pandemic.

Over three weeks have passed since the Maharashtra government imposed strict restrictions to check the spread of coronavirus but the daily average of cases is still over 50,000 which is a matter of concern, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said.