Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently hosted a webcast, speaking to residents of his state. During the broadcast, the CM addressed various topics such as the current status of the coronavirus in the state, at the Festival of Lights.
According to the stream, the CM plans to maintain strict security measures, to be extra careful during festival season. And he advises people to do the same.
“I will only accept Diwali greetings via email and social media. We must ensure our safety and protect the health of our near and dear ones, ”Thackeray said in a statement.
Referring to the second wave of viral epidemic in Europe, the chief minister warned against complacency.
“The Corona Warriors are working hard to protect us from the pandemic and we should not overwhelm them,” he said.
“We need to resume schools and colleges after Diwali.
We have to follow the protocol of wearing masks, hand washing and physical distancing, ”he said, urging people to consider the health of the elderly.
CM Uddhav Thackeray also mentioned how he takes criticism for slowing down the decision to reopen places of worship. He explained that he doesn’t mind taking the flak as long as it means the safety of its citizens is protected.
“I am ready for the brickbats if it guarantees the good health and safety of the citizens. How to avoid crowds and ensure physical distancing in places of worship will be worked out and a standard operating procedure will be drafted after Diwali.
“We are so involved in offering prayers and can overlook COVID-19 safety protocols. What if a coronavirus-positive person infected elderly people in our families who visit places of worship, ”he said.
On the occasion of Diwali, he also shared his perspective on the use of firecrackers. “I don’t want to enforce a ban. Let us have faith and trust in each other, ”he said.
He said Delhi was seeing an increase in coronavirus cases, adding that pollution was the cause. “Let’s have control of ourselves and avoid detonating firecrackers which will lead to pollution. Let’s not waste nine months of hard work against the pandemic over four days of Diwali celebrations, ”he added.
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