Describing as “alarming” the rise in new COVID-19 cases in some districts of Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar warned of taking some “harsh decisions” and asked people to be prepared. Some communities in the Vidarbha region in east Maharashtra, especially Amravati and Nagpur, and Nashik in north Maharashtra, have seen the number of new cases rising over the last few days. Speaking to reporters, Pawar expressed displeasure over people not following the pandemic-appropriate behavior and violating guidelines. Pawar, who also holds the Finance ministry, was in Aurangabad to chair a review meeting of eight districts under the Marathwada region.
“I have come across ((reports that) people are not following the COVID-19 guidelines which are aimed at checking the spread of the infection. If the situation worsens, we may need to pay the high cost for this carelessness. The number (of new cases in the state) is alarming. We have seen that lockdown was imposed in many parts of the world again, given the second wave of the pandemic,” he said. Pawar said the matter would be discussed with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in
Mumbai tonight. Harsh decisions can be taken and the,e people should remain prepared. If certain decisions are not accepted in time, then we will have to pay a heavy higher,” he added. Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 4,092 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 20,64,278, while 40 deaths pushed the toll to 51,529, as per the state government.
While 19,75,603 people have recovered so far in the state, there are 35,965 active cases on Sunday. Meanwhile, Pawar criticized the opposition parties, which have demanded that no restrictions be imposed on celebrating the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on February 19. “The government has allowed gathering of 100 people for Shiv Jayanti celebrations, but the Opposition says that the state government is imposing restrictions. In the time of the pandemic, it is important to save the lives of the people. Last year, people celebrated festivals at their homes,” he said.