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As the country is preparing to enter the fourth phase of the lockdown, Mumbai and Pune have already declared an extension. By Kumar Shree


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PM Modi’s latest address to the nation was different than his earlier Coronavirus-related statements. This time he did not declare an extension but gave a heads up about the upcoming phase of the lockdown. He said that we can expect further relaxation in Lockdown 4.0 and declared a mega relief fund. While trains are back on tracks and aircrafts eagerly await their turn to kiss the skies, the ground reality is far from ideal. The positive cases of Coronavirus are still shooting up at an alarming rate, and there are no significant signs of flattening the curve.

The government is still planning to ease the restrictions going forward, which, like the two faces of the coin, has its positives and negatives. On the negative side, it’ll facilitate movement of people, thus exposing them to the risk of encountering a carrier and getting infected. The government counters this by saying that amped-up medical infrastructure and equipment can handle the situation. On the positive note, it will help kickstart the stalled economy of the country, which is an equally important aspect. While it would be interesting to see how it all unfolds, Maharashtra state government has already declared an extension of the lockdown till May 31 in Mumbai, Pune, and other hotspots in the state.


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On May 14, Thursday, Mumbai noted its highest-ever rise of cases in one day. About 1,000 new cases were detected. The COVID-19 task force led by Dr Sanjay Oak has suggested that a plus of 20,000 people will need hospitalisation in the coming week. It has also suggested holding about 80 per cent beds in all hospitals especially for coronavirus patients, which hints the city has entered its crucial part of the fight.

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