On Sunday Thakray advised people against letting their guard down since no one can predict the onset of a third wave of the pandemic.
In his address to the people of the state, Uddhav
said that numbers in Maharashtra are on a decline but they are still near the peak of the first wave.
In a word of caution, the chief minister said that he does not know at what time and date the third wave may hit the state, adding that people should continue to remain vigilant.
The chief minister said that lockdown will be extended in the state for 15 more days but curbs may be eased depending on the caseload.
“Lockdown is being extended for 15 days and shall be in place till June 15 now. Relaxations or restrictions will depend on the case tally of districts,” he said.
He also noted that Covid cases are rising in certain districts of the state even as the overall trend is on a downward trajectory.
Speaking about the second Covid wave, Uddhav said the new strain is more virulent and spread faster.
“There is a difference between the Covid variant that was spreading last time and the one during the second wave. It is more virulent now, spreading fast and taking longer for the patient to recover,” he said.
He said black fungus is another “devil” the state is dealing with as over 3,000 patients have been affected by mucormycosis.
“The coronavirus task force is keeping track,” he said.
The Maharashtra government has already extended lockdown-like curbs in the state for 15 more days.
Maharashtra is currently the worst-hit state in India in terms of cases as well as deaths. The state recorded as many as 68,000-plus cases during the peak of its second wave.
Maharashtra on Sunday reported 18,600 new Covid cases, its lowest single-day rise in nearly two months. The state also registered 402 new deaths.