Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced curfew after presiding a meeting with all divisional commissioners, collectors, SPs, and senior doctors of district hospitals to review the virus situation in the state. He also asked authorities to beef up infrastructure for better handling of the situation.
News agency PTI cited an official statement as saying that Thackeray also warned of stricter restrictions if the people did not observe Covid-19 safety protocol. “I do not wish to impose lockdown. But there seems a possibility of healthcare facilities falling short given the rise in the number of coronavirus patients,” Thackeray was quoted as saying.
He instructed officials to ensure the availability of adequate hospital beds and medicines. The state has instructed local authorities to impose lockdowns in cases of a surge in cases.
Maharashtra recorded 35,952 coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest one-day spike since last year. The state, which is the worst affected in the country, added more than 100,000 cases in four days.