Mumbai and 24 other districts of Maharashtra which have reported COVID-19 positivity rates lower than the state's average are likely to get more relaxation from restrictions, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the state's COVID-19 task force chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Tope said that in the remaining 11 districts, where the infection rate is high, more restrictions may be imposed.
But there will be no relaxation in the remaining districts of Pune, Solapur, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Beed and Ahmednagar where the infection positivity rate is higher than the average, the minister said. "If required, the local authorities may introduce more stringent restrictions (in these areas) to contain the spread of coronavirus," he added.
The minister said that the final decision on easing COVID-related restrictions will be taken by the Chief Minister and detailed guidelines will be released in the next 2-3 days.
The government is also considering if those who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus can be allowed to travel by local trains in Mumbai, he said. At present only those engaged in essential and emergency services are allowed to travel by local trains in the state capital.
"We are still discussing the ways to verify if a passenger has taken both doses. We will also speak to the railway authorities," the minister said.
(With inputs from PTI)
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(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST