Mumbai: The figures for new corona cases in Maharashtra's capital Mumbai are increasing rapidly. More than 20,000 cases have been reported and 4 persons have died in the last 24 hours. Discussions have now increased over the imposition of lockdown in the city. It is expected that Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray is likely to take a tough decision on the lockdown today.
Recently, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar had said that if more than 20,000 cases are reported in the metropolis, a lockdown will have to be imposed. Talking to reporters in New Delhi on Thursday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that the final decision on the lockdown will be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav.
According to sources, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had a meeting with the health minister, health secretary and some other officials on Thursday evening to discuss the lockdown issue. On the question of imposition of lockdown, Health Minister Tope said that the state government is looking very carefully at the numbers of Mumbai and a final decision will be taken by the CM. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar had said on Tuesday that if coronavirus daily cases cross the 20,000 mark in the metropolis, lockdown will be imposed in the city as per central government rules on behalf of the state government and civic body. He had said that today no one wants a lockdown and it should definitely not be imposed, but if the virus increases drastically, then there is no solution other than lockdown.