U-turn of the Maharashtra unblocking: Minister “announces”, government clarifies

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Mumbai was marked as Level 2, Minister Vijay Waddettiwar said when announcing a five-level unlocking plan.

Bombay:

Just after announcing a five-tier unlocking plan on Thursday, the Maharashtra government clarified that new rules to phase out Covid restrictions in place since mid-April are “still under consideration.” This time around, no timeline has been specified for the new plan.

Last night, Maharashtra Aid and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Waddettiwar announced that five levels of state unlocking had been decided on the basis of the positivity rate and the total occupancy of oxygen beds. Level 1, for example, would mean that the blockade can be lifted completely. Level 5 is the Red Zone, which means a complete lockdown, he explained.

Waddettiwar, who reported to the media after a meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, also said that 18 districts had been included in Tier 1, including Thane.

Mumbai, India’s financial capital, which suffered the worst of the fierce second wave of Covid at one point, was marked as Level 2. Local trains, the city’s lifeline, would not operate for now, the minister said. in statements that were immediately reported through the media. like the release of the Maharashtra breakout.

But shortly after the minister made these announcements, a clarification came from the Chief Minister’s office that no decision had yet been made.

Thackeray’s office said restrictions in the state “have not been lifted” and proposals for new rules are still being considered.

“We have not completely stopped the corona infection. The infection continues to increase in some places in rural areas. Given the deadly and changing form of the coronavirus, it is important to decide whether or not to relax the restrictions. State restrictions have not done so. done”. it has been lifted, “the state government said.

“Break-the-chain has begun to relax some of the restrictions, with the Disaster Management Department deciding in five stages, the weekly positivity rate and the availability of oxygen beds. Detailed guidelines for tightening or relaxing restrictions on the status based on these criteria will be notified by the government, “the statement read.

The government stressed that proposals were being considered to relax step-by-step restrictions on the basis of criteria and that “implementation will be considered after a full review” by the interested administrative units of the districts.

The local administration was investigating it and only after that will an official decision be announced, Thackeray’s government said.

BJP leader and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis soon mocked the radical change in the Maharashtra government.

“What is open and what is closed? Lock or unlock? Immaturity or credit seeking?” – Tweeted Mr. Fadnavis.

He also questioned whether people should believe a press conference or a press release.

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