In India, the second wave of COVID-19 has been particularly severe, with the country witnessing a surge in the number of cases in various areas.
Maharashtra is one of the states that have been most hard hit by Covid-19. As the state's Covid numbers decline, the state has opted to use a 5-level unlock plan.
The levels are decided based on the positivity rate and total oxygen bed occupancy; it will range from places where lockdown has been lifted fully to those with the most strict limitations.
On 3rd June, Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Waddettiwar told reporters that the lockdown may be lifted altogether in districts that are categorized as Level 1.
There are 18 districts including Thane in the first level.The Red Zone, dubbed as level 5 will be under complete lockdown.
Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar said, "We have prepared a 5-level to unlock plan for the State on the basis of positivity rate and status of occupancy of oxygen beds in the districts. Districts with the lowest positivity rate will have no restrictions."
Mumbai, India's financial capital , is on Level 2 after effectively stabilizing the situation during the second wave of the virus. For the time being, the city's lifeline, the local train service would remain closed as per the government's order.
On April 5, Maharashtra announced strict restrictions, including limited attendance at non-essential private and government offices and public transportation, curbing attendance at weddings and social events, and limited time for shops selling essential items, rather than going for a full-scale lockdown like last year.
Although the government announced that limitations to restrict the spread of Covid will be in effect until June 15, it also relaxed some of the limitations on Sunday, allowing stores selling essential items to remain open until 2 p.m. instead of 11 a.m.The state also allowed non-essential commodities to be delivered via e-commerce, which had been put on hold.
However, the government stated that this is only relevant to districts with a Covid positive rate of less than 10% and an oxygen bed occupancy rate of less than 40%.
After the second wave of Covid-19 ravaged the country, causing the healthcare system to collapse and killing thousands of people, most Covid-affected states, including Delhi, have chosen a cautious approach.
Due to the current vaccination shortage, most states have tightened regulations in order to break the transmission chain completely.
Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister, had previously ordered a night curfew and weekend lockdown, but as Covid figures began to rise across the country, he decided to enact stricter measures.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 15,169 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 57,76,184, as well as 285 new deaths and 268 previously unreported fatalities.
According to the state’s health department, the death toll has risen to 96,751.
The number of new cases were higher than the 14,123 infections recorded the day before.
According to a statement from the health department, nearly 29,270 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, bringing the total number of retrieved cases to 54,60,589 cases.
Mumbai reported 923 new cases and 31 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 7,07,041 and the death toll to 14,880, according to the department.
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