New Delhi: With more than 781 cases of the deadly coronavirus and at least 45 deaths, Maharashtra on Monday became the first state to suggest that the COVID-19 lockdown may be extended beyond April 14 – the scheduled date for the 21-day nationwide lockdown to end. Also Read - 'Unlock 1': Thermal Screening at Entrance, No Physical Offering | Here's SOP For Religious Places Ahead of Opening on June 8

Notably, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in the country. In the span of the last 24 hours, Mumbai itself reported 57 new COVID-19 positive cases and four deaths, eliminating chances of lifting the shutdown on the earlier said date. Also Read - 'Unlock 1': '6-ft Distance, Masks, Aarogya Setu App Mandatory For Employees,' Centre Issues SOP For Workplace



The Union Health Ministry already stated that if at all the lockdown is lifted, it will be in a staggered manner and all coronavirus hotspots will still be under curfew. Also Read - Social Distancing, Thermal Screening: These Are Centre's Fresh SOPs For Restaurants, Hotels, Hospitality Units

Addressing a press conference earlier today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray clearly indicated that the lockdown might extend beyond April 14. However, a final decision in the matter will be taken on April 12.



Meanwhile, the lockdown might extend in Uttar Pradesh as well due to continuing surge in the coronavirus cases.

UP Chief Secretary RK Tiwari had told reporters that with more Tablighi Jamaat members coming upfront with symptoms, the total count has climbed over 300.

“There is still time for the lockdown and we will review the situation and then decide,” he had said.

This is despite CM Yogi Adityanath seeking suggestions from the public for restrictions and measures to be imposed if the lockdown is eased in the state.