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COVID-19 surge: 'Complete lockdown' likely if Maharashtra govt can't cope with rise in cases, says Rajesh Tope

The Maharashtra well being minister added that lockdown is required to ramp up the well being infrastructure, and rejected allegations of mismanagement towards the state govt

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Mumbai: Maharashtra well being minister Rajesh Tope has stated {that a} “full lockdown” of two to 3 weeks is required within the state to enhance the well being infrastructure in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, and added that such step could possibly be taken if the federal government is unable to deal with the state of affairs.

He, nonetheless, expressed hope that with the curbs in place at current, the federal government would be capable to tame the surge.

Tope additionally admitted that the “chalta hai” (laidback) perspective had creeped in after the federal government flattened the an infection curve.

“We would wish a whole lockdown for 15 days to 3 weeks regardless that I’m not in favour of that instantly. If hospitals are overwhelmed, if there’s a scarcity of medicines and if the federal government is unable to deal with the rising variety of sufferers then such a step may be taken,” Tope instructed NDTV.

Lockdown is required to ramp up the well being infrastructure, he stated.

“I hope we will include the virus with the current curbs. We shall be pleased and content material. We hope for the most effective,” he stated.

Tope stated the state authorities was involved over the spike in instances and wish hand-holding by the Centre. He rejected the allegations of mismanagement on the a part of the state authorities, saying that the numbers had been rising as a result of it was not hiding something.

“We now have adopted the precept of rigorous testing, tracing and remedy,” he stated.

“The ‘chalta hai’ perspective did creep in after the federal government was capable of flatten the curve and opened up a number of actions. We thought there could be no second surge,” he stated.

Tope additionally rejected the criticism of the Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan towards the state authorities, saying that the state had adhered to all of the protocols laid down by the Centre.

He reiterated there was discrimination towards the state in allotment of vaccines. “Just lately we got seven lakh doses and after we pursued our demand for extra, we got ten lakh extra doses,” he stated.

Up to now, Maharashtra has acquired 1.04 crore vaccine doses and we now have sought 40 lakh per week in order that we will expedite the every day vaccinations to 6 lakh per day, he stated.

In Mumbai, out of 120 centres, 70 had been shut since there was no inventory and the state of affairs was embarrassing, the minister stated.

“We sought weekly inventory of 40 lakh vaccines in order that we get time to move them to totally different elements of the state,” he stated.

Maharashtra reported 56,286 new coronavirus instances on Thursday, which took its caseload to 32,29,547, whereas on Wednesday it had recorded the very best every day depend of 59,907 instances.

Final Sunday, the state authorities introduced a weekend lockdown and plenty of strict restrictions until 30 April, together with an evening curfew and prohibitory orders throughout the day time to include the unfold of the virus.

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