Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced that the lockdown extended in Maharashtra till April 30. This comes after the chief ministers of all states held a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Maharashtra will continue to be locked down till 30th April. The state will show the way to the country even in these tough times,” he said.
“The lockdown until April 30 will only be successful if we follow social distancing and stay at home. Else we may have to extend further,” Uddhav Thackeray said while addressing the citizens via social media.
“On Monday, we will complete 5 weeks since the first case of Coronavirus was reported in the state. We can say that till now we have been successful in preventing the multiplication of the number of cases up to some extent,” he added.
“Somewhere we can relax the lockdown but will tell you about it (later). It all depends on how you behave in the lockdown. Don’t crowd to get groceries,” he said in an address to the people of the state.
“Whoever can, please work from home,” he added.
The CM further said that 60 to 70 per cent positive patients in Mumbai have mild symptoms.
He said details of the protocols to be followed during the extended lockdown would be announced later.
Mr Thackeray was one of the 13 chief ministers who discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference whether the lockdown – scheduled to end on April 14 – should be extended.
The PM at the meeting indicated that the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be extended by two weeks after considering the requests of the chief ministers, who preferred a longer containment period.