Third wave of COVID-19 at our doorsteps; stop political, religious programmes: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Noting that the third wave of COVID-19 is at Maharashtra’s doorsteps, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday appealed to the political parties and people to stop programmes, agitations and celebrating festivals in a big way to avoid crowding.

CM Thackeray appealed to political parties to immediately stop programmes, agitations to avoid crowding in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra.

The Maharashtra chief minister also appealed to the people to not celebrate the upcoming festivals in a big way as it would attract a huge crowd. Thackeray urged the citizens to prioritise the lives and health of our citizens.

“We can celebrate festivals later. Let us prioritise the lives and health of our citizens. The situation can go out of hand in view of the spike in daily cases. Who would like to impose restrictions on festivals and religious programmes? But people’s lives are important,” the Maharashtra CM said.

While calling on the political class to avoid holding big meetings and programmes, Thackeray asked the political parties to ensure things do not go out of control.

The “third wave of COVID-19 is at our doorsteps,” the Maharashtra CM further said.

“Kerala is seeing a spike of 30,000 cases daily. This is a danger signal and if we don’t take it seriously, Maharashtra will have to pay a heavy price,” Thackeray added.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 caseload increased to 64,86,174 on September 5 as it registered 4,057 fresh coronavirus cases. The fatality count increased to 1,37,774 as 67 patients succumbed due to the deadly contagious virus. The state’s fatality rate stands at 2.12 per cent.

As per the latest data of the health department, Maharashtra has 50,095 active COVID-19 cases.

Maharashtra’s recovery rate is 97.05 per cent.

Mumbai dogged 495 cases which took its tally to 7,46,341, while the death count rose to 15,993 with two coronavirus patients succumbing.


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