On Saturday, while some states plan on extending the lockdown, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India zoomed past the 26,000-mark.
New Delhi| Few states are contemplating the possibility of continuing the lockdown beyond May 3 while others are planning on limiting it to containment zones and their buffer areas and not the whole districts.
Telangana is the only state in the country to extend the lockdown till May 7 so far.
A senior administrator in the Delhi government’s novel coronavirus committee has recommended that the shutdown needs to be extended till mid-May for the virus curve to flatten.
On Saturday, Dr S K Sarin, chairman of Delhi government’s committee on fighting novel coronavirus said: “To ease the restrictions will mean the cases will multiply uncontrollably.”
“The lockdown will have to be extended till May 16 as that is when the epidemic curve is likely to start declining, which happens after the flattening of the curve,” he said.
With the third-highest cases in the nation, Delhi’s tally nears 3000-mark.
On Saturday Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope told Mint that Mumbai and Pune are expected to continue the shutdown till 18th May as novel coronavirus cases continue to surge in the 2 cities.
“The main objective of imposing the lockdown was to contain the spread of the pandemic and if the spread is not getting restrained, we will have to continue the lockdown,” Tope said.
Of Maharashtra’s total 7,628 coronavirus cases, over 5000 come from Mumbai while more than 1000 cases are from Pune, as per official data.
Of the total cases in Maharashtra, nearly 240 cases have been reported from Mumbai’s Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum.
India recorded 1,990 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours – its biggest single-day spike so far – taking the total to 26, 496, including 824 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said this morning.