Maharashtra: Lockdown looms in as COVID-19 cases cross 2.7 mn mark
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Maharashtra: Lockdown looms in as COVID-19 cases cross 2.7 mn mark

Increase in COVID-19 cases may call for a lockdown if people don't follow the safety norms

Mumbai: Recording a new high of a staggering 40,000 plus COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Maharashtra stared at another lockdown as its tally crossed 2.70 million (27 lakh).

In a warning move, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday also directed the administration of various regions to chalk out strategies for the smooth implementation of a possible Lockdown 2.0 in the coming days.

"Plan for lockdown... If there is no adherence to restrictions by the people, we may have to go in for it (lockdown) if people fail to follow the new normal," a grim Thackeray said at a meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force.

This would include augmenting the health infrastructure, across-the-board enhancement of the bed strength, oxygens, ventilators or intensive care units to cater to the daily galloping number of fresh infections.

Sending shockwaves, the state has notched a stupendous 40,414 new cases for the day, taking the state tally to 27,13,875.

Recording 108 fresh deaths, the state's toll now stands at 54,181 since the first death was registered 375 days ago.

Mumbai circle broke its own record of fresh infections - shooting up from 10,638 to 12,319, including the highest 6,933 in Mumbai, taking up the total from 847,827, to 8,60,146, besides a death toll of 20,209 till date.

Simultaneously, the state recovery rate dropped from 86.58 per cent on Saturday to 85.95 per cent, while the death rate stood at 2 per cent, compared with 2.02 per cent a day earlier, and the number of active cases jumped up from 303,475 to 325,901 now.

(With inputs from IANS)

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