Mumbai: Although the number of Covid cases in Maharashtra has significantly dropped in the last few days, speculations are rife that the lockdown in Maharashtra will be extended by 2 more weeks. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, state health minister Rajeh Tope asserted that the final decision on the extension will be taken after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Notably, the existing lockdown under the ‘Break The Chain’ order will end at 7 AM, May 15. Also Read - Lockdown in Maharashtra Likely to be Extended Till May 31, Final Decision Soon: State Minister
His statement comes after a survey conducted by LocalCirles, a social media platform showed that nearly 84 per cent of Mumbaikars favoured extension of lockdown till May 31. Meanwhile, around 43 per cent of the respondents also suggested allowing home deliveries of all goods to minimise business disruption and for consumer inconvenience.
Citing the findings of the survey, LocalCirles had urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to extend the restrictions till May 31. “With the current restrictions in Maharashtra in place till May 14, residents and small businesses from the state have been discussing the way forward on LocalCircles”, Sachin Taparia, founder and Chairman of the online platform said in a letter to CM.
Furthermore, he asserted that 71 per cent of residents feel home delivery of goods should be the primary model to service them during lockdown/restrictions, among others. “I request you (Thackeray) to consider this public feedback and extend the lockdown/ restrictions in the state till May 31,” Taparia added.
Minister Hints At Lockdown Extension
Earlier Tope had indicated that the COVID-19 lockdown might be extended beyond May 15. “If the strict restrictions will be lifted then the situation may get out of hand once again. The government is geared up to tackle the third wave and is in the midst of ramping up the bed capacity, availability of Remdesivir and other medical facilities and also to achieve self-sufficiency in oxygen through Mission Oxygen. The government is also increasing the pace of vaccination,” he told a leading portal.
Lowest Single-day Spike In Covid-19 Cases In 41 Days
The number of daily coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra, which has been reeling under the resurgent pandemic, dropped below 40,000 to 37,236 on Monday for the first time after March 31. Maharashtra’s overall caseload now stands at 51,38,973 while 549 fatalities pushed the toll 76,398, the state health department said.
Maharashtra had reported 39,544 cases on March 31. The state had reported 54,022 cases on May 7, 53,605 on May 8 and 48,401 on May 9.