Uddhav Thackeray today announced that state will extend the
lockdown at least till April 30. Addressing the presspersons, in a clear appeal he asked the citizens to be prepared for an extension beyond April 30, if the need arises.
Uddhav, who addressed the state on Saturday a few hours after participating in a video conference called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all chief ministers, said that by and large there was a consensus among all states to extend the lockdown beyond the initial date of April 14.
He however has not waited for the centre to announce the extension of the lockdown and has announced that Maharashtra will be extending the lockdown. “Iam addressing because there was speculation and rumours about what transpired in the meeting with the PM. As your Chief Minister I thought to address you directly… We (Chief Minister) have told the PM that the lockdown needed to be extended to combat the disease. Maharashtra will not lift the lockdown on April 14th.”said Uddhav Thackeray.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister said, “The lockdown will be extended at least till till April 30. I am emphasizing the word minimum, because we need the the citizens to cooperate in order to break the chain of transmission. We can start seeing positive outcome only if people adhere to the norms of social distancing.
The Chief Minister’s statement was important as he clearly emphasized that if people do not stay at home and the disease further spreads then the lockdown in state could be further extended.
He further added, “In some places we would relax restrictions and in other places to prevent the spread of the disease we would have to tighten more restrictions.”
Uddhav said that the number of cases in Mumbai and Pune were worrying but added that the state health authorities are trying to solve the break the cycle of infections and that 70% of the people who have been tested were asymptomatic and those with mild symptoms.
The Chief Minister said that the high number of fatalities have caused a worry but said that this was due to the disease affecting primarily those who are senior citizens and having other ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease. “The other reason was that many of them came to us after the disease had progressed a lot.”
Uddhav said that the Chief Ministers in spite of being from different political parties and ideologies were on sync with the centre on the issue and said, “We are all united and in fact if we can be united even after this then we could be a super power.”