Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
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Mumbai: CM Thackeray declared in his address on Tuesday that Maharashtra had reported 60,212 new cases of the coronavirus disease.

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray issued a prohibitory order under Section 144 for a period of 15 days across the state, with the restrictions taking effect at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

“We are imposing strict restrictions… Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as lockdown,” Uddhav Thackeray said during his address to the state, which is dealing with a huge uptick in coronavirus cases (Covid-19).

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“People have to decide whether they want to help corona or the government that is working to curb it… Public transport including local trains are not going to be shut,” he said.

CM Thackeray announced in his address that Maharashtra had reported 60,212 new cases of the coronavirus disease on Tuesday and that he would seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assistance in obtaining oxygen via the Indian Air Force. “I am writing to PM to allow the air force to supply oxygen,” Thackeray mentioned.

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Thackeray said the state has continued its fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the face of rising infections, noting that the state’s new cases were the highest so far.

“There was some control over Covid-19 in November and December last year. We had managed to keep cases in check till January and February. We have resumed our fight against the virus as numbers have surged.

Today’s numbers are the highest till date at 60,212,” Uddhav Thackeray said. “The Covid situation in the state has become dreadful… The increase in cases has now burdened the health infrastructure,” he said.

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“In the last few days, I have interacted with people from all walks of life to get a consensus. But now discussions will not help,” Thackeray mentioned in his address.

He was referring to last week’s all-party meeting on Friday, during which he suggested that the state be placed on lockdown to combat the rising number of Covid-19 incidents.

He met with members of the state Covid-19 task force on Sunday and stated that a standard operating procedure (SOP) will be established after stakeholder consultations.

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Due to a lower number of tests conducted over the weekend, Maharashtra confirmed 51,751 Covid-19 cases on Monday, down from the maximum single-day infection of 63,294 on Sunday. As of Monday, the state’s death toll stood at 58,245 people.

To stop the spread of the coronavirus disease, the Maharashtra government has already placed lockdowns in some areas, as well as night and weekend curfews. It postponed the state board exams for Class 10 and Class 12, which were set to take place later this month, on Monday.

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