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Covid: CM Uddhav to address Maharashtra at 8:30 pm today, says Mumbai mayor

Kishori Pednekar also hinted that some restrictions could be introduced in the city from today in view of rising coronavirus cases

Uddhav Thackeray | Maharashtra

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Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (Photo: PTI)

Chief Minister will address people of the state today at 8:30 pm, said Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

Pednekar also hinted that some restrictions could be introduced in the city from today in view of rising cases.

"Cases are rising daily in Mumbai, this is a matter of concern. Due to the surge, a shortage of beds and ventilators is also being seen. We had been appealing to people since last March but they are showing carelessness," said Pednekar

"Nobody wants lockdown but keeping in mind the manner in which cases are rising and creating pressure on the health infrastructure, some strict measures will have to be taken," she added.

reported 43,183 new COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths on Thursday taking the total number of cases in the state to 28,56,163. There were 3,66,533 active cases in the state till yesterday.

Thackeray will on Friday evening hold a meeting with the state officials over the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in the state.

The meeting, scheduled to take place at 4:30 pm at CM's Varsha residence, is likely to be attended by some officials of the union health ministry as well.

Thackeray on Sunday had instructed senior officials of the State Health Department and the COVID task force to prepare for lockdown. The remarks had come at a meeting of senior officials of the state's health department and the state government's COVID-19 task force.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed that the way the number of cases is increasing on a daily basis, may soon face a scarcity of beds for COVID-19 patients.

The Chief Minister had observed that people are not taking the guidelines seriously and that is why serious steps, similar to a lockdown, need to be considered.

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First Published: Fri, April 02 2021. 15:16 IST