Coronavirus Oubtreak: Lockdown rules will not change in Maharashtra till 3 May, says state health minister Rajesh Tope
'We haven't taken any decision on the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs as yet. But there will be no further relaxation in lockdown rules till May 3,' Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said.
Mumbai: Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday said the lockdown rules will remain unchanged in the state will 3 May.
Talking to PTI, Tope said there was no clarity in the Centre's latest order regarding the reopening of shops.
"We will get more clarity after a video conference with the Prime Minister on Monday," he said
"We haven't taken any decision on the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs as yet. But there will be no further relaxation in lockdown rules till May 3," the minister added.
The issue of sending migrant labourers back to their native places will also be taken up during the meeting with the prime minister, Tope said.
Stating that economic activities need to start, he said the Maharashtra government was of the opinion that businesses can resume in green zones with borders of these areas sealed and industrial activity allowed inside.
Whether or not to extend lockdown in red zones (which have a large number of coronavirus cases) such as Mumbai and Pune regions will be taken later, he said.
"It has to be seen if only containment areas in red zones should be sealed or the entire zone should be under lockdown. Decision will be taken after thorough deliberations," the minister added.
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