With State reporting extra sufferers every day, availability of essential beds is a dire drawback: Rajesh Tope
Amid big rise in COVID-19 circumstances, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday stated a lockdown over the State would only be imposed as a last resort. He stated neither the general public desired nor Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the ruling events within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) wished to impose a lockdown.
Mr. Tope however stated the federal government can be left with no possibility if the variety of essential sufferers quickly exceeded out there essential well being services, placing a heavy pressure on the medical infrastructure.
“A lockdown is neither loved nor wanted by anyone in the State as it has severe economic repercussions. The Chief Minister does not wish it and neither do any of the three MVA partners. There are no differences within the coalition as well on this count,” stated the Minister.
However, Mr. Tope stated that with Maharashtra reporting 35,000-40,000 new COVID-19 sufferers every day, a dire drawback that posed itself was the supply of essential beds.
“The number of cases is increasing exponentially. In such a situation, it is necessary to measure the rate of increase in the number of patients with the available health facilities and medicines. If this situation continues unchecked, then a lockdown will have to be deployed as a last option because nothing is more precious than human lives,” Mr. Tope stated.
At the identical time, he hinted that any lockdown sooner or later wouldn’t take the form of last yr’s stringent lockdown.
“We do not want unorganised workers and small businesses to suffer,” he stated.
Talks with officers
He stated the Chief Minister was regularly in dialogue with officers and was pondering on the right way to tighten curbs to interrupt the virus chain with out resorting to a lockdown possibility.
“In the event of such a decision [to impose a lockdown], the duration will be decided after a comprehensive Cabinet discussion and will not be taken suddenly,” the Health Minister reassured.
Commenting on the rising variety of sufferers, Mr. Tope stated that whereas these with out signs had little trigger for alarm, most of those had small properties which led to entire households changing into contaminated as a end result.
Stating that Maharashtra ranked first in vaccination within the nation, Mr. Tope appealed to all political events to induce their activists to make it possible for extra individuals got here ahead and received themselves inoculated.