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Mumbai: State may impose new curbs if cases continue to surge, says Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar

11:09 PM Jun 13, 2021 | Sanjay Jog
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Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar, on Sunday, hinted at the imposition of new restrictions after the state government introduced its Level 5 unlock strategy on June 7. There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases and fatality rate (1.84%). The number of positive cases in the last week were in the range of 10,000 to 12,000.

Wadettiwar said, as per the new order, restrictions have been relaxed based on the positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy. “If the state continues to report a spurt in cases, then the government may take a decision after eight days on the imposition of new restrictions,” he added.

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“Looking at Saturday’s data, the patient recovery rate was 95.48% and 10,697 new COVID-19 cases were reported. The government will keep an eye on the situation for the next eight days and see how things take shape. At present, there has been a surge in cases in some districts. This is after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed on June 7. If the number of cases continues to increase, the government will review the situation and may consider imposing new curbs,” said Wadettiwar. He added that the government will take a decision after eight days.

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Wadettiwar referred to the June 4 order, wherein Level 1 areas have been defined as areas having a positivity rate of less than 5% and an occupancy of oxygenated beds below 25%. Level 2 will include areas with a positivity rate below 5% and an occupancy of oxygenated beds 25% and 40%.

For Level 3, the areas will be required to have a positivity rate between 5% and 10% or an occupancy of oxygenated beds of more than 40%. Moreover, in Level 4, the positivity rate should be between 10% and 20% or an occupancy of oxygenated beds of more than 60%. To be categories in Level 5, the strictest level, areas will be required to have a positivity rate of more than 20% or an occupancy of oxygenated beds of more than 75%.

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MSRTC bus services to stop in Mumbai from Monday

Transport Minister Anil Parab on Sunday announced that the services of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRTC) buses in Mumbai will be withdrawn from Monday. As the suburban railway services were suspended for the general public during lockdown, MSRTC buses were deployed in Mumbai to help BrihanMumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) to avoid the impact on public transport. ''Thanks to the drivers, conductors, employees and officers of MSRTC who came from other villages and provided their services to ferry the city passengers,'' said Parab.

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