MUMBAI: CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday warned that the state would impose a strict lockdown if people did not follow Covid-appropriate norms for the next eight days. He also announced a complete ban for a few days on all political, social and religious gatherings, processions, morchas and public protests to check the spread of the disease.
In a 30-minute talk on social media, the CM told the people that it was in their hands to prevent another lockdown: “Now, my question to you is, should we impose a lockdown? Those who do not want a lockdown will observe protocols like using masks, washing hands and keeping physical distance. People who want a lockdown again will flout these rules. Let us see who wants a lockdown, and who doesn’t. I am very clear about this… Observe discipline, prevent a lockdown.”
Referring to the increasing Covid-19 cases in the city and Pune, Thackeray warned about a second wave.

“The second wave has not yet come but it has been knocking at our door. It will be clear in the next one or two weeks,” he said.
Thackeray urged citizens to be more responsible. “We should implement an ‘I am responsible’ drive for self-discipline,” he said.
Noting the spike in Covid-19 in Amravati, where a lockdown is to kick in again from Monday, he said the number of cases was as high as during the peak of the pandemic. “We have imposed a lockdown in Amravati and other districts from Monday evening,” he said.
While it was said that the gram panchayat polls held last month were one of the reasons behind the increase in cases in rural parts, Thackeray appealed to all political parties, including his own Shiv Sena, to cooperate in the battle against Covid-19.

“Every political party, including mine, wishes to expand. We should expand the party and not Covid. In this battle, we should unite and fight against it, else once again we will have to face a stringent lockdown. This warning is being given by Covid and not by me,” he said.
He said that a war was on against Covid and that the epidemic could be contained so far because of the sacrifice and hard work of frontline and healthcare workers.
“This is a war against the virus; it’s like a world war. The mask is an effective shield to protect ourselves from the virus,” he said.



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