March 23, 2021

CM Thackeray favours lockdown in some cities if cases keep rising: Tope

Pune, Mar 23 : Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said people must follow COVID-19 safety protocols if the state is avoid another lockdown.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was of the view that lockdown may become necessary in some cities if the new cases continue climb, Topeld reporters here.

At the same time, he also defended the state's response rising cases and pointed out that in terms of cases per million population, many states have fared worse.

He met the Chief Minister two days ago, Tope said.

"Held me that if the number of daily cases in the state remains in the range of 25,000 30,000 for the next some days, then we will have take some stringent steps. He is of the opinion that if the numbers continue increase, we will have impose lockdown in some cities," the minister said.

"I appeal people respond CM's warning (about possibility of lockdown) positively and follow the COVID-19 protocols such as mask wearing, hand hygiene and physical distancing avoild lockdown," Tope said.

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