Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is likely to launch a fresh lockdown in several districts of the state in view of night-time curfew or partial ban on dangerously growing corona virus cases.
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and Pune making it the most affected district in India, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and District Conservator of Ministers Ajit Pawar suggested a possible lockdown until the epidemic situation improves.
He said, “Next week, we will decide whether to implement the lockdown or not. Even medical officials agree that if we have to break the virus chain, a lockdown is mandatory. ”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed government officials to prepare a plan for the implementation of lockdown to deal with the corona virus situation.
Objections raised against lockdown
Shiv Sena’s alliance partners Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have expressed disagreement over the possible lockdown, saying it is not a spike in Spidv’s solution in Kovid’s cases.
Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik said appealed not to lockdown in the state and to consider other options from CM Thackeray. State BJP President Chandrakant Patil also objected that the lockdown is not the solution to the increase in corona virus cases.
Cinema, retail and shopping industry associations also urged the CM not to put a lockdown in Maharashtra, saying that the industries would not be able to do another lockdown.
The Multiplex Association of India (MAI), the Retail Association of India (RAI), and the Shopping Center Association of India said they were following all the government’s security protocols, but business would decline, which was in the recovery process.