Thackeray referred to the information given by traders that there were lakhs of workers in Mumbai and said that the virus infection was expected to grow because of travel by these workers. “If the government accepts your suggestions, then you will have undertake the vaccination of these workers and employees from the establishments, they being members of the family. Do not use the language of hitting the roads against the state government, as it is not a fight against the government but against the virus,” said the CM.
Further, Thackeray urged traders not to be provoked or become the casualty of instigation by others. “Please recognise who is your friend and who is your foe during the present crisis,’’ he said.
Public Health Department Secretary Pradeep Vyas said that by the end of April, the number of patients were likely to increase to 12 lakh.
The state Covid taskforce member Dr Shashank Joshi said the new variant was spreading fast and was a double mutant. The new variant is quite risky for youths, he said. He reiterated the need for breaking the virus chain on a priority basis.
Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association Viren Shah said Thackeray had assured to sympathetically look into their grievances and suggestions on easing the curbs. “The CM has assured us of a decision in the next two to three days. Traders have assured their cooperation in the state government’s efforts to curb virus infection,” he added.