In view of the rising number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government on Monday announced that the ongoing lockdown in the state will be extended till 31 July. The government also stated that restrictions on the non-essential activities and movement of people will be re-imposed in COVID-19 hotspots.
After confirming the extension in Maharashtra lockdown, the state government stated, “Concerned District Collectors and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of persons to control the pandemic.”
In containment zones, only essential activities will be allowed. No movement of people in and out of these zones will be allowed except for medical emergencies and maintaining the supply of essential goods.
So far, under the ‘Mission Begin Again’, markets, shops, vehicular traffic and suburban train for essential services staff have started. Private and government offices with restricted staff have also started operating.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday inaugurated ‘Project PLATINA’-World’s Largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment of severe COVID-19 patients.
All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies thereby fighting infection and helping critically ill patients recover.
The entire plasma therapy treatment will be free of cost to all the patients of Maharashtra admitted in the above centers. The Donors are available in large numbers and have no weakness whatsoever after plasma donation as RBC are returned back to the patient.
West Bengal, too, has extended lockdown till 31 July. Delhi, which has been witnessing a sharp surge in the coronavirus cases lately, has denied any extension of lockdown. Meanwhile, Amit Shah said on Sunday that he disagrees with Manish Sisodia that the national capital will see about 5.5 lakh coronavirus cases by July end.
Maharashtra has been the worst COVID-19 hit state in India where there have been 1,64,626 coronavirus confirmed infections and 7,429 deaths. The state still has 70,622 active COVID-19 cases.