“You Can’t Just Think About Economy,” Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray On Lifting Lockdown

Mumbai: Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit states by COVID19 following which CM Uddhav Thackeray said that he was not in a hurry to lift lockdown in the state to address the economic concerns.

The Chief Minister further said that some countries had hastily lifted the lockdown thinking that the situation was under control, even when they had released the virus, the ban had to be stopped.

“I would never say that the lockdown would be completely removed. But I’ve slowly started reopening some things. Once reopened, it shouldn’t be closed again. So I like to take steps. You can’t just think about the economy or health. There needs to be a balance between the two,” he said in an interview with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut published in the party’s mouthpiece “Saamna” on Saturday.

“This pandemic is a global war. It has affected the entire world…In Australia, they had to rope in the Army,” the Chief Minister further said.

Maharashtra, which has the highest number of coronaviruses in the country, is under lockdown, which will continue till 31 July. The government started reducing restrictions in a phased manner as part of its ‘Mission Start Again’ initiative from June.

The state has recorded 3.57 lakh cases, including 1.44 lakh active infections and more than 13,000 deaths due to the virus.

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