Lockdown required, but decision after Wednesday: Maharashtra minister Rajesh Tope

The decision to lockout in Maharashtra will be taken after April 14: Rajesh Tope (File)


State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Sunday that a proper decision will be taken after April 14 regarding the lockout in Maharashtra.

He was speaking to reporters after a virtual meeting of the COVID-19 task force headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss measures including implementing lockdown in the state.

The minister said, “The duration of the lockdown and how to handle its economic consequences were discussed in today’s meeting. The task force believes that the current coronavirus situation in the state is such that a lockdown is required.”

A tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated, “In a meeting with the state task force, the Chief Minister discussed the availability of oxygen and beds, use of remediesvir, treatment protocols, increase in capacity of facilities, implementation of restrictions. Key. Penalty for violating COVID protocol. “

The meeting was attended by Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh, State Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and others.

Mr. Thackeray is scheduled to hold consultations with Finance and other state departments on Monday and will also be discussed in a cabinet meeting later this week.

Mr. Tope also said that during the task force meeting, setting up of an oxygen production plant in the state was also discussed.

Shri Thackeray had on Saturday indicated strict lockout in the state in view of the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases. He held a virtually all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state.

Last Sunday, the state government announced several sanctions, including weekend lockdowns, night curfews and restrictive orders for daytime hours. These restrictions will continue till 30 April.



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