Dattatrey Sawant, a teacher at a government school in Ghatkopar, ferries Covid patients to hospitals in his autorickshaw for free. Till date, the 47-year-old has taken 20 patients to hospitals in the eastern suburb
MUMBAI: Even as the state government on Thursday extended the lockdown-like restrictions till 7am on May 15, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed district administrations to prepare for the third wave of the pandemic.
The CM instructed officials to set up oxygen plants without delay and to ensure adequate stock of essential medicines. He also asked officials to keep a record of labourers coming from other states.
Thackeray, during a marathon meeting with all divisional commissioners and district collectors, said new Covid cases have stabilised to some extent due to strict implementation of the lockdown-like restrictions, but they should plan to tackle the third wave. He said permissions should be given to set up oxygen plants, wherever necessary, and district administrations should take care of adequate supply of oxygen in future. “In the wake of the third wave, stock up on the essential medicines and take help from local doctors in rural areas,” he added.
Taking cognisance of MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand, the CM asked all districts to maintain records of migrant labourers who are expected to return to Maharashtra after the number of cases start reducing. “The record should be collected from industries and contractors and precautionary measures, like testing and isolating infected labourers, should be taken.”
The state has decided to give free vaccination for the 18-44 age group and for this, focus should be on proper implementation, instructed the CM.
Taking note of the recent fire incidents in Covid hospitals, chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte directed all authorities to complete the fire safety audits and submit the reports immediately. Kunte, in the order extending the lockdown-like curbs, said that due to the threat of rising Covid cases, the state was imperative to continue the emergency measures to contain the spread of the virus.
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