Amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Mumbai, the city mayor Kishori Pednekar on Friday asked people to adhere to COVID-19 safety norms and warned that there would be another lockdown in Mumbai if they remain careless.
If cases keep increasing then we will be forced to impose a lockdown in Mumbai, said city Mayor Kishori Pednekar.
Mumbai is one of the worst-affected cities across the country with more than 1,500 new Covid-19 cases reported on Thursday for the second day in a row. More than 1,000 cases have been reported from the city for the ninth straight day.
The coronavirus cases in Mumbai peaked in September-October. However, there was a decline later but since mid-February, the cases have surged again.
On Thursday, the city reported 1,508 new cases, taking its case tally to 3,38,631. The death toll in the city has reached 11,515 with 4 new deaths.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) expressed concerns over the situation in Maharashtra. It stated that the reduced testing, tracing and lack of Covid appropriate behaviours led to the sudden surge in active cases.
VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said that the Health Ministry was very worried about Maharashtra. This was a serious matter, he said, adding that this has two lessons- don't take the virus for granted and if we have to remain Covid free, then, we need to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
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