In order to further curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state, the Maharashtra government announced extension of the current lockdown until May 31.

The announcement followed a meeting of state’s cabinet ministers.

Previously the lockdown was imposed until May 15.

 According to the guidelines, private offices, non-essential shops and establishments will continue to remain completely shut.

The state had also began the inoculation drive for the 18-45 age group however this has temporarily been halted due to the dearth of vaccines in the state, as announced by Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, on May 11. 

However, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India that is manufacturing the Covishield vaccine in his Pune-based plant has promised the state’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that he would deliver 1.5 crore doses of the said vaccine to the state after May 20.

Following this, Rajesh Tope said that Covid-19 vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group will resume after the SII consignment is received.