Coronavirus cases rising exponentially due to unlocking, according to Maharashtra government

Health minister Rajesh Tope said the state government as part of restarting the economic activities has removed restrictions on inter-district travel, dropped e-pass requirements for travelling and allowed more government employees in the offices,...

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Sunday claimed that the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases in the state was due to the easing of restrictions. Health minister Rajesh Tope said the state government as part of restarting the economic activities has removed restrictions on inter-district travel, dropped e-pass requirements for travelling and allowed more government employees in the offices, which have cumulatively led to the rise in infection.

The minister said people need to take precautions as 25-30% of the people were found not wearing masks.

The state has seen a phenomenal rise in Covid spread: barely a week back the state was averaging around 14,000 cases per day, however, on Saturday, the tally was over 20,000 cases.


The health minister also said that the Centre has shown its reluctance in strengthening the state’s hands in fighting the pandemic. He said that the state has received a letter from the Centre expressing its inability to supply face masks, PPE kits and ventilators any more. “The Centre cannot completely withdraw its support to states. I have spoken to Prakash Javadekar on the issue yesterday and will also write a letter to the Prime Minister and the health minister,” said Tope. He admitted that the rise in cases was worrying but said that 80% of the cases were asymptomatic and asked such patients to self-quarantine themselves at home.

Meanwhile, state government officials have indicated that with the rise in the number of cases in rural parts, there is a possibility of lockdown being imposed again. Rural areas in Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Pune and Ratnagiri are seeing an rapid rise in cases. Already two talukas — one in Baramati and the other in Kolhapur — have decided to impose a lockdown from September 6 to September 15.
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