Sky News Punjab
March 30th, 2021
Maharashtra is experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 events, with regular counts skyrocketing. The Uddhav Thackeray-led government is expected to release a standard operating procedure (SOP) by April 1 in the wake of such a troubling situation.
The new SOPs are expected to impose more restrictions and guidelines for the people of the state and curb public movement.
On one hand, CM Uddhav Thackeray has asked officials to prepare a roadmap for the second statewide lockdown. However, reports claim that the total shutdown is not on the cards yet.
While experts have attributed the rise in COVID-19 cases to the resumption of the local train services, officials have stated that local trains will continue to run.
Over the last two weeks, Maharashtra has recorded a 32.21% rise in COVID-19 cases.
Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Thane accounted for 60% of the more than 3 lakh active cases in the state.
Nagpur district officials are attributing the surge to a double mutation seen in 15-20% of virus samples.
The government might announce restrictions for restaurants, malls, public places, private offices, and pubs in a bid to break the chain of transmission. Offices are likely to be asked to function at 50% capacity.