Maharashtra CM Cancels Religious Gatherings Amid Covid Rise

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Monday the health of citizens was a priority and celebrations could be held later as well, with fears of a third wave occurring amid an upcoming festive season in the country. The state has also been recording a higher number of cases.

The Chief Minister, along with several other senior cabinet ministers, took part in the Disaster management meeting held Monday. “We can celebrate festivals later. Let us prioritise the lives and health of our citizens. The situation can go out of hand in view of the spike in daily cases,” he said in a statement.

“Who would like to impose restrictions on festivals and religious programmes? But people’s lives are important,” he said.

Thackeray has directed the cancellation of all social, religious, and political gatherings and meetings, as experts say crowding could lead to a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra.

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