New Delhi: Ahead of the festive season, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday (September 6, 2021) warned that the third wave of COVID-19 is at the door and everyone can celebrate festivals later. The Shiv Sena leader also appealed to political parties to immediately call off agitations, meetings and other programs to avoid crowding.
“We may celebrate the festival later. Let us give priority to the life and health of our citizens. The situation may get out of hand given the spike in daily cases,” Maharashtra CM said in a statement.
“Who would want to ban festivals and religious programs? But people’s lives are important,” he said.
Thackeray said that The days of the ensuing celebration were important and challenging. And the onus is on the political parties to ensure that things do not go out of control.
He also said that ‘the third wave of COVID-19 is at our doorstep’.
“Kerala is increasing by 30,000 cases daily. This is a danger sign and Maharashtra will have to pay a heavy price if we don’t take it seriously,” Thackeray said.
It is to be noted that Maharashtra recorded 4,057 coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the state’s total infections to 64,86,174. 67 fresh deaths were also reported, taking the death toll to 1,37,774.
During this, 38,948 new COVID-19 cases reported in India and 219 deaths on Monday. The country’s total caseload has now risen to 3,30,27,621, while the death toll stands at 4,40,752.
(with agency input)