Maharashtra needs complete lockdown, said BMC Mayor amid Covid19 surge

  • | Saturday | 17th April, 2021

Thackeray chaired a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in Mumbai, which was also attended by BMC commissioner IS Chahal. Chahal said there were 20,400 beds in 153 Covid hospitals in Mumbai and would be increased to 22,000 by next week. 

Severely battered by the coronavirus disease, Mumbai should be brought under complete lockdown, Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation mayor Kishori Pednekar said on Saturday as she blamed people for not following Covid-19 restrictions and adding to the city`s woes.

The city, in grip of the coronavirus pandemic, is already under a partial lockdown after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray imposed a 15-day curfew on Tuesday.

“Ninety-five percent of Mumbaikars are adhering to Covid-19 restrictions. The remaining 5% of people who are not following restrictions are causing problems to others. I think a complete lockdown should be imposed looking at the current Covid-19 situation,” Pednekar said.

The city on Friday reported 8803 Covid-19 cases and 53 deaths, taking its coronavirus disease tally to 562,207, and the toll to 12,250. There are now 84,378 active cases in the city. The cumulative case fatality rate (CFR) in the city is now 1.39%.

Facing the grim outbreak, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said people must get their Covid-19 test reports quickly, while officials must also ensure optimum medical oxygen supply as well as effective bed and medicine management amid the surge in case.

Mayor also added that Pilgrims returning from the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand`s Haridwar will distribute coronavirus as "prasad" in their states, as coronavirus cases ravage the country especially Maharashtra - the worst-affected state in India.


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