Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday held a public conference in the state where he addressed the current Covid-19 situation in the state.

During the address, Uddhav said that even after decline in daily coronavirus cases, current numbers in Maharashtra near peak of previous wave. He also added that coronavirus cases rising in some districts of Maharashtra.

Uddhav also added that Maharashtra’s oxygen generation capacity was 12,500 MT, which was increased to 13,000 MT, but still, the daily requirement went up to 17,000 MT.

The announcement comes in the backdrop of the state witnessing a dip in novel coronavirus cases for the past few days amid the current strict Covid restrictions imposed across.

The announcement comes just before the ongoing state-wide Covid-19 restrictions, which were to end by 1 June, was extended for another two weeks earlier this week.

On Friday, Health Minister Rajesh Tope had informed that the lockdown-like restrictions in the state have been extended for the next two weeks. A fresh set of guidelines, however, will be issued on 1 June, Tope said.

Speaking to reporters, Tope said, “As far as lockdown is concerned, 15 days’ extension has been given, but the guidelines related to it will be issued on 1 June.”

The Maharashtra health minister has also announced relaxation in coronavirus-induced restrictions in Pune for shops selling essential items, allowing them to operate on weekends for a certain period of time.

“Since the number of cases have come down in Pune, there was unanimity in a review meeting attended by elected representatives today that relaxation can be given on Saturday and Sunday to shops selling essential items,” he said while speaking to reporters today.

It has been decided that all Covid-related restrictions will not be lifted as 21 districts have more than a 10% positivity rate, the Maharashtra Health Minister said on Thursday.

“But in the areas where the situation has improved, certain guidelines (easing the curbs) can be issued,” he added.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Sunday reported a significant dip in its daily Covid-19 count with over 18,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health bulletin.

With today’s numbers, the state’s total Covid-19 tally has reached 5,731,815. Along with that, the state Maharashtra reported 402 Covid-related fatalities, taking the death toll to 94,844, the bulletin showed further.

The low caseload today has been witnessed after over 2 months. the state has last reported nearly 18,000 cases on 16 March with 17,864 new cases in the 24-hour period.

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