Maharashtra is the worst-affected state from coronavirus  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Mumbai: The government of Maharashtra is likely to take a call today on imposing a fresh lockdown in the state in the wake of alarmingly rising coronavirus cases, even as several districts in the state are under night curfew or partial restrictions.
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities making Pune the worst-hit district in India, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday suggested a possible lockdown unless there was a dramatic improvement in the pandemic situation.
“Next week, we will be taking a decision on whether or not to impose a lockdown. Even medical authorities seem to agree that if we have to break the virus chain, a lockdown is the only imperative,” he said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed government officials to prepare a plan for the implementation of a lockdown to tackle the coronavirus situation.
Objections raised against a future lockdown
Shiv Sena’s alliance partner, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have voiced disagreement for a possible lockdown, saying that it is not a solution for the spike in cases of COVID-19.
Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik said that the state can’t afford another lockdown and appealed to CM Thackeray to consider other options. State BJP president Chandrakant Patil also raised objections, saying that lockdown is not a solution for the rise in cases of coronavirus.
Cinema, retail, and shopping industry associations also urged the CM to not impose a lockdown in Maharashtra, saying industries won’t be able to bear another lockdown,
Multiplex Association of India (MAI), Retail Association of India (RAI), and Shopping Centres Association of India said they were following all the safety protocols of the government but a lockdown will hit the business, which was in the recovery process.