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Nagpur: Amid rise in the Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the government on Friday announced that if the cases cross 1,000-mark then there will be a need to impose restrictions yet again in the state.

The announcement was made by state cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh. He stated, “The state government asserts that it is keeping a close tab on the situation and would take a call on the restrictions keeping in mind the prevailing situation.”

Recently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that the fourth wave of Covid-19 may hit the state again and the peak may be witnessed in September. BMC also said that the municipal body is ready with the jumbo coronavirus facilities and will continue till September.

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday appealed to the people of Maharashtra not to lower their guard against Covid-19 in the view of rising cases. He also said everyone should continue to wear face masks to prevent the spread of infection.

Thackeray added that although the number of hospitalizations due to Covid-19 is low, everyone should be alert and cautious as the virus has not gone away completely. The weekly positivity rate in Mumbai is at 3.17 % and at 2.16% in Pune — much higher than the entire state’s rate which stands at 1.59%.

Currently, only one patient is on a ventilator and 18 other patients are on oxygen. Maharashtra cabinet minister Aslam Sheikh hinted that the mandatory mask rule may come back in the state. The minister also said that Mumbai is fully prepared and all Covid-19 facilities are functional and made an appeal that people should follow Covid-19 protocols.

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