Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar& |  Photo Credit: ANI
Mumbai: With the number of COVID-19 cases again showing an upward trend in Maharashtra as well as the state capital Mumbai, the city’s mayor has not discounted the possibility of another lockdown.
Mayor Kishori Pednekar told reporters today that the authorities have noted with concern the people’s failure to follow COVID-19 guidelines like wearing masks in public places. She said the city may have to enforce another lockdown or localised lockdowns if the residents fail to follow coronavirus SOPs.
“It’s a matter of concern. Most people travelling in trains don’t wear masks. People must take precautions else we’d head towards another lockdown. Whether lockdown will be implemented again, is in the hands of people,” Pednekar said.
While she added that no call has been taken so far regarding lockdown, the Mayor said the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is mulling localised lockdowns in areas like Chembur where cases are on the rise.
It may be noted that earlier, state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had indicated that strong steps could be on the anvil if the COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
“I have come across (reports that) people are not following COVID-19 guidelines which are aimed at checking the spread of the infection. If the situation worsens, we may need to pay a heavy cost for this carelessness.
“The number (of new cases in the state) is alarming. We have seen that lockdown was imposed in many parts of the world again in view of the second wave of the pandemic,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
On Monday, the city of Mumbai recorded 493 COVID-19 cases along with three fatalities. The coronavirus caseload in Mumbai has now reached 3,14,569, while the overall death toll stands at 11,420.
On Sunday, Mumbai had reported 645 fresh infections.
According to a civic official, the case doubling time in Mumbai has dropped to 455 days now, from the 555 recorded on February 10.
It may be noted here that the Union Health Ministry has stated that Maharashtra was among the three states which cumulatively account for 76.5 per cent of the country’s total active cases of COVID-19. The other two states are Kerala and Karnataka.
In fact, Kerala and Maharashtra together account for 74.72 per cent of the total active cases.