Greater than 10 ministers and 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have examined constructive for coronavirus thus far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar stated right this moment, including strict restrictions can be enforced if the COVID-19 instances proceed to rise within the state.
Mr Pawar’s warning got here a day after Maharashtra reported 8,067 contemporary coronavirus constructive instances, as a lot as 50 per cent greater than Thursday.
“We lower brief the meeting session lately. Thus far, over 10 ministers and over 20 MLAs have examined constructive for coronavirus. Everyone desires to be a part of the celebrations of New Yr, birthdays and different events. Remember the fact that the brand new variant (Omicron) spreads quick and therefore warning is required. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed and a few states have introduced an evening curfew. In Maharashtra, instances are rising in Mumbai and Pune,” he informed reporters after visiting Jaystambh navy monument in Perne village on the event of the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima.
On the opportunity of imposition of extra curbs, Mr Pawar stated the state authorities is retaining a tab on the rising variety of sufferers. “If the variety of sufferers continues to rise then there shall be strict restrictions. To keep away from strict restriction all people ought to comply with norms,” he stated.
Maharashtra has seen a pointy rise in new each day coronavirus instances within the final 12 days of 2021. The state authorities, in contemporary tips issued on Thursday night time, capped the attendance at gatherings in open or closed areas at 50. Mumbai on Friday reported 5,631 new COVID-19 instances, virtually 2,000 greater than Thursday, which took the caseload within the metropolis on the final day of the yr to 7,85,110, a civic official had stated.
This was an increase of 53 per cent over 3,671 instances recorded on Thursday.
The COVID-19 positivity price in Pune touched 5.9 per cent on Friday after 412 instances had been detected, elevating the tally inside civic limits to five,10,218, as per officers.
When requested in regards to the Maharashtra authorities denying permission for organising a bullock cart race and former MP Shivaji Adhalrao Patil saying to go forward with the occasion, Pawar stated, “After the assembly (of the COVID-19 activity drive), Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the state chief secretary to difficulty orders to all collectors to keep away from public gatherings to (cease) one other wave of the pandemic. Based mostly on this, the permission might need been denied within the bigger curiosity. Not solely Shivaji Adhalrao Patil however those that wish to maintain the bullock cart race must also contemplate the looming risk (of the third COVID-19 wave)”.