Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday addressed the people on Covid-19 situation in the state. He said it is upsetting that people have stopped wearing masks and following social distancing norms.

“We will have to take more precautions after Diwali. The threat of coronavirus has not passed. Several countries are seeing the second wave,” said Thackeray.

He added: “We are standing at a dangerous turn. We have to decide whether we want to go for a lockdown or follow all the mandatory Covid-19 safety protocols.”

Thackeray said that Delhi is facing a third wave and due to ongoing disease outbreak, Ahmedabad and other cities are seeing night curfews.

“The spiralling cases in Delhi is a cause of concern and there is a night curfew in Ahmedabad. I don’t want another lockdown, but you should also understand the gravity of the situation,” the Maharashtra chief minister said.

He also urged people not to crowd temples even as the state government has gone ahead with opening them and asked people to avoid moving around unnecessarily.

“Unlock process did not mean that the pandemic is over. Even though the places of religious worship have been reopened, avoid crowding there. Several festivals passed off during the pandemic with majority people celebrating it without crowding. We have been able to control the spike, but we can’t be careless,” the chief minister said.

Underlining his concern, Thackeray said, “Today the count of cases has come down but we are at a crossroads. Which way do we want to go? We need to keep our actions in check.”

The chief minister urged people to avoid crowding, wear masks and keep their hands sanitised to fight the viral contagion and added that while he has been advised to impose a night curfew, he does not think anything can be achieved by imposing such restrictions.

Adding that confusion still lingers on over availability of Covid-19 vaccine, Thackeray said that people have no option but to have mandatory use of masks, physical distancing and hand sanitisation. He also informed people about post-Covid-19 side effects and said, “Post-Covid-19 side effects are severe and can be seen impacting the brain, lungs, kidney among other organs. Pollution is also impacting people with co-morbidities.”

On Sunday, Maharashtra added 5,753 cases of infection, taking the state’s cumulative tally to 17,80,208. The death toll in the state rose to 46,623 after 50 more people died due to the viral contagion in the last 24 hours. The state’s recovery rate is now 92.75 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.62 per cent.

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