Mumbai: Sources said the Maharashtra government is considering extending the statewide lockdown by a week. However, the state government may then begin removing the restrictions imposed to control the spread of the corona virus.
The state cabinet is currently considering two proposals. A phased unlocking starts from June 7 or from June 1. Sources further revealed that the state’s lockdown would be completed in four phases.
In the first phase, non-essential shops will be opened in a phased manner. The phased unlocking should start from June 1 or from June 7, a final decision will be taken in the cabinet meeting to be held on Wednesday.
However, schools and colleges will remain closed keeping the virus in mind. Local trains will run again in the last phase of unlock.
The positivity rate in Maharashtra has fallen to near 10%. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope gave a hint on Saturday that the government may consider relaxing some Kovid-19 restrictions in a phased manner after June 1. Officials claimed that they had adequate health infrastructure and medicines.
“The government will assess the situation in the last week of May,” Tope said. If the positivity rate falls below 10% and the number of active cases decreases, the state may consider relaxing some restrictions. ”
Maharashtra has been reporting higher positivity rates than other states for weeks and now the state has finally managed to bring down its positivity rate below 10%. According to a presentation by the Union government’s Ministry of Health, the state’s positivity rate was below 12% on Tuesday.
On 5 April, the state government imposed a lockdown-like ban after cases had escalated rapidly.
Presently 23 districts of Maharashtra have a positivity rate of over 10%. Tamil Nadu leads with 37 districts, followed by Karnataka’s 29 districts. The positivity rate is over 10% in 28 districts of Odisha and 24 districts of Rajasthan.