In another string of unsurprising news, the state of Maharashtra has extended the lockdown duration to July 31st. This is due to the fact that the numbers of cases have exponentially risen and there seems to be no respite on that end.
Maharashtra is single-handedly the worst affected state in India and the tally of infected cases has reached almost 1.6 lakh. Out of these, over 74000 cases are in Mumbai alone. There are ten major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai that are still looked at as Red Zones and have strict regulations in place.
The state has one of the highest fatalities with over 7,000 people falling prey to Coronavirus.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has ruled out the possibility of lifting the Lockdown in the state and has implied that the risk of infection is not over yet. In his statement, he warned, “There will be a spike in cases owing to relaxations in lockdown curbs.”
In light of such increased cases, as a part of the Mission Begin Again, the Maharashtra government has given a green signal to salons and barbershops to open once again. These shops would be opening after three whole months and the impact this shutdown has had on these businesses stand unimaginable.
However, in the spiking cases of coronavirus across India, Maharashtra is not the only one. Delhi, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh have also witnessed great spikes in cases in the last few days.
The cases have exponentially risen and any scope of flattening the curve looks meek at the moment. It is to be seen how the state and central governments find a way to tackle this issue.