Mumbai, June 3: The Maharashtra government may announce a 5-level unlock plan in the state depending on the case positivity rate, hospital occupancy across the districts. Soon after reports emerged stating Maharashtra is set to begin a phase-wise unlock process from Friday, the DGIPR Maharashtra took to Twitter and said that the decision in this regard is yet to be taken, and restrictions will continue in the state. In a series of tweets, the DGIPR stated that the new rules are still under consideration and any decision in this regard will be notified soon.

Earlier, Vijay Wadettiwar, the state's Relief and Rehabilitation Minister had announced a 5-level unlock strategy after the state reported a decline in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). As per the unlock strategy, districts with 5 percent positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy less than 25 percent will be open in level 1. There will no restrictions on public transport, restaurants, gyms, sports and other activities in districts being unlocked in level 1. Maharashtra Class 12 Exam 2021 Latest Update: HSC Board Exams Cancelled by Uddhav Thackeray Government.

"We have prepared a 5-level unlock plan for the state on the basis of positivity rate and status of occupancy of oxygen beds in the districts. Districts with the lowest positivity rate will have no restrictions," Wadettiwar said. Reports stated that Thane and 17 other districts fall in the level 1 category and the lockdown will be lifted there completely. Meanwhile, Mumbai, however, remains in the level 2 category. Hence, local train services will continue to remain suspended for the general public for now. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Seeks Centre's Help for Better Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination Drive for 18-44 Age Group.

Here's the tweet by DGIPR Maharashtra:

In Maharashtra, 57,76,184 people have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Of them, 96,751 succumbed to the infection, while 54,60,589 patients recovered. The state now has 2,16,016 active cases.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jun 03, 2021 07:52 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website