Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the state again today as the lockdown is about to end on June 30.
CM said that as we know that the world is fighting with the virus and we are under “mission begin again” the lockdown will not be lifted and will be implemented with the same intensity after June 30.
Day after tomorrow we will be observing National Doctors’ Day. They are fighting for us; I offer my gratitude to them. COVID19 is not over yet, we will tackle this issue together. We should not be restless and go out unnecessarily: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
CM also said that the process to waive off farm loans has been delayed due to the model code of conduct during local body elections and COVID19 pandemic in Maharashtra. Now, we have decided to write off loans of the remaining farmers.
Speaking about the coming festivals CM informed that “the famous Dahi handi festival has been called off this year due to the Coronavirus crises. We have also decided that this year during the Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh mandals must not install idols more than 4 feet as it will help in maintain the health guidelines set by the ministry”.
CM also informed that “the state government has been actively updating their use of new techniques and use of new medicines. With this, the state government is planning to provide COVID-19 drugs, Remdesivir and Favipiravir, free of cost to people. We have now got permission last week. We will get adequate supplies soon. We are planning to make it available free of cost”.
Speaking on Plasma therapy CM said that “the government is using new technologies and medicines to help the affected patients. Till now 10 people were administered plasma of which nine have shown recovery and seven have gone home too”.
He also said that it is possible that tomorrow, Maharashtra may be the state that has used plasma therapy the most. He also appealed to those who have been cured of COVID to reach out to doctors and donate plasma.
CM said that the “Number of coronavirus cases is increasing and so have we increased testing. We have started a new program called ‘Chase the virus’,”.
He said that the ‘Chase the Virus’ initiative received good results in worst-hit Mumbai will now be expanded to other parts of the state to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
As the number of cases is increasing rapidly in the country CM asked citizens that “Do we want to lockdown again? I want to ask you. Now, it is your decision. If overcrowding happens, I have told the administration that we may need to impose a lockdown there again.”