Mumbai: As coronavirus cases continued to drop in Maharashtra, at least 25 districts in the state, including state capital Mumbai, may get some relaxation in COVID-19 induced curbs from Sunday. However, the government may tighten restrictions in 11 other districts — Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Beed, Raigad, Pune, and Osmanabad where the positivity rate and number of cases are high.Also Read - Maharashtra Unlock BIG Update: Cinema Halls, Theatres to Reopen From THIS Date. Check SOPs, Other Details
While speaking to reporters, Rajesh Tope, state Health Minister had earlier indicated that the Uddhav Thackeray-led government is mulling over a plan and some important decisions regarding easing in restrictions at some places could be taken. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown Update: Schools, Temples to Reopen From Next Month | Updated List of What's Allowed And What's Not Here
“Of the 36 districts, 25 have come to the third level and have a good recovery rate and hence they can be given a bit of relaxation. But in 11 other districts where the recovery rate is less no relaxation will be given to them. If needed, the administration might also consider imposing stricter Covid-19 curbs in these areas,” Tope told reporters on Thursday, soon after CM Thackeray chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the state. Also Read - Maharashtra: Massive Fire Breaks Out in Nutan Villa Building in Mumbai's Khar, 8 Fire Tenders Rushed To Spot
Besides, a decision over allowing fully vaccinated people to commute on Mumbai local trains might be taken today. Suburban services in the financial capital have been suspended for the general public since April 15. To avoid crowding, the local train services, at present, are allowed only for those engaged in medical and essential services.
Earlier, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had urged the Chief Minister to resume the local train services for the general public, particularly for those who have completed their vaccination. He also asked the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra to provide relaxations in coronavirus-induced restrictions in a bid to provide relief to the general public.
The lockdown-like curbs were first imposed in the state on April 5. The curbs were further tightened on April 15 with Section 144 of the CrPc, banning assembly of five or more people at one place, imposed in the entire state. However, last month as COVID-19 cases dropped, the government announced a five-level plan to unlock various cities and districts, based on the positivity rate and occupancy of oxygenated beds.