States continued to restrict public activity to contain the pandemic even as Maharashtra’s Minister of Health Rajesh Tope warned that a full lockdown could be imposed in the state if the new cases overwhelm hospitals.
Maharashtra government officials said the state was considering extending the weekend lockdown beyond Monday.
“We would need a full lockdown for 15 days to three weeks, although I am not in favor of that immediately. If hospitals are overwhelmed and there is a shortage of medicines and the government is unable to cope with the growing number of patients, then such a step can be taken, ”Tope told a television station.
He expressed hope, however, that the state would be able to tame the wave without imposing more stringent restrictions. Tope also admitted that the “chalta hai” (relaxed) attitude crept in after the government flattened the infection curve. Maharashtra on Thursday reported 56,286 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s number of cases to 3.23 million.
The Uttarakhand cabinet decided on Friday to impose a nighttime curfew on Dehradun and to close all educational institutions in the state until the end of this month. However, the courses would continue in online mode.
Bihar has also decided to close all educational establishments until April 18 and all commercial establishments before 7 p.m. Bihar has also asked restaurants to operate at 25% capacity and offices for a third of the staff.
The Delhi government announced on Friday that all schools would remain closed until further orders were made, even though online classes would continue. “Due to the increase in covid-19 cases, all schools, government and private, in Delhi are closed for all classes until further notice,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Himachal Pradesh has decided to close all educational institutions until April 21.