COVID-19 second wave may be a tsunami, warns Uddhav Thackeray

Updated: 22 November, 2020 22:06 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

He said that Delhi is facing a second wave of the novel coronavirus and that he believes that its is not a wave but 'a tsunami'. "If we get careless we will affect our family members," said the CM.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. File pic
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. File pic

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday, addressed the state through a social media live interaction and said that a possible second 'wave' of COVID-19 might be a 'Tsunami'.

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He said that Delhi is facing a second wave of the novel coronavirus and that he believes that its is not a wave but 'a tsunami'. "If we get careless we will affect our family members," said the CM.

"It is our responsibility to lighten the burden of people working in essential services. Don't think if the lockdown has been lifted, the virus has died," said Thackeray.

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Addressing the state this evening, Thackeray reiterated that the best possible preventive measures are wearing a face mask, physical distancing, cleanliness and avoiding overcrowding in public places.

"We don't have the vaccine yet, nor is there any treatment. So we have to stick to the preventive measures till then. Don't be under any mistaken impression that because everything is being opened up, the coronavirus has been conquered," he warned.

"We don't want another lockdown. I don't want to end five years with lockdown after Lockdowns. Though all festivals were celebrated with restraint, the danger has not yet subsided," he said.

Talking about reopening places of worship in the state Thackeray said, "I opened places of worship as I had said I will do at an appropriate time but please don't crowd there."

In Pune, Pawar said that huge crowds were witnessed during Diwali celebrations, and there were large numbers out even during Ganeshotsav.

"We are talking to the concerned departments. We shall review the situation for the next 8-10 days and then decide on a lockdown," he said.

Discussing the 'second wave' that has hit parts of Europe and USA, Thackeray said "it makes me wonder whether it's a wave or a Tsunami" and said we must take lessons from what is happening around the world. 

The near-identical concerns by the two top leaders of the state on a single day came amid demands from certain quarters to suspend trains and flights between Mumbai and Delhi, where there is a fresh spurt in Covid-19 cases.

"Yes, there has been a reduction in the cases and deaths, we have been able to rein in the virus in state, but the threat of the pandemic is far from over," Thackeray added.

On this count, he expressed satisfaction at the ongoing "My Family, My Responsibility" campaign of the state which has got a huge positive responsible among the people and is also helping create a 'health map' of the state.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published: 22 November, 2020 19:06 IST

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