‘Be careful,’ Maha CM tells public

Mumbai, Aug 12 (FN Representative) Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that although the number of Covid cases in the state has been on decline in recent past, citizens still have to be careful and on the guard in light of the potential third wave of coronavirus. “When you follow your own health rules, you want to see that you do not endanger the health of others. Even if you loosen the restrictions and predict whether the third wave will come or not, you must be wary of the changing incarnation of this virus,” he said and pointed that the easing of restrictions has also increased the responsibility of everyone.

The shortage of oxygen during the second wave had posed a big challenge not only to the state but also to the country, he recalled and said, “so this time we have set the criteria for the need for oxygen when imposing state restrictions or lockdowns.” During the second wave, the number of patients increased dramatically and the need for oxygen increased so much that about 500 metric tons of oxygen had to be imported from other states, he said. “Therefore, from now on, if 700 metric tons of oxygen is applied daily for Covid patients in the state, then lockdown will be imposed in the state,” the Chief Minister asserted. “Covid has taught a lot in the last two years. We are fighting this battle together, and I am sure you will cooperate, realizing that the instructions given by the government are for the good of all,” Mr Thackeray added and appealed everyone to wear face masks, keep safe distance and sanitize their hands regularly.