Fear of third wave: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray warns of lockdown in case of COVID-19 surge

Mumbai: Anticipating a third COVID-19 wave, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday (August 8) said that the administration will enforce a lockdown if the number of new infections rise in the state.

Addressing the people through social media, the CM said that even though restrictions have been eased in some districts, there are others which are witnessing a surge in new cases.

“Other states are now seeing an increase in the outbreak. The lockdown will be imposed in case the number of patients increases in the state,” said Thackeray.

“Although the COVID-19 restrictions have been eased in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, infections are increasing in some districts of the state like Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Kolhapur, Satara, Ahmednagar, Beed, Pune, Sangli.” she added.

Thackeray said that around 20 lakh people were affected in the first wave of the pandemic and 40 lakh in the second wave.

He also listed the preparedness made by the state government to tackle the pandemic, from increasing the testing laboratories to immunization capacity.

He said that there are 600 testing labs in the state, the number of isolation beds has increased to over 4.5 lakh and there is availability of 34,507 ICU beds and 1,10,683 oxygen beds. He also informed that at present there are 13,500 ventilators in the state.

“The state has huge vaccination potential. We can vaccinate eight to one million people in a day, but given the limited availability of vaccines, masks are our real savior today.

in between, Order has been given to start Mumbai local train services From August 15 for those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state reported 5,508 new COVID-19 cases, 4,895 recoveries and 151 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the total number of cases has gone up to 63,53,328. The total recovery is 61,44,388.

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