COVID-19 cases expected to peak in May, any action on lockdown must be taken cautiously: Maha CM

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 11 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that the COVID-19 cases are expected to peak in May and suggested that any action on lockdown must be taken cautiously.

"Cases are expected to peak in May, it may peak in June or July also. I have read Wuhan is witnessing a second wave of cases, even WHO has warned about this. So, I suggest that any action on lockdown must be taken cautiously," Thackeray said during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fifth video conference meeting with Chief Ministers.

"I request that if the need arises the state should be given central forces as police are under heavy pressure and their personnel are also getting infected," he added.

Thackeray also stated that Mumbai local trains should be started again for the people who are engaged in essential services.

The interaction comes days ahead of the scheduled end of the nationwide lockdown on May 17.

Maharashtra reported 1,278 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths on Sunday, the state health department said. The number of positive cases in the state rose to 22,171.

Maharashtra is the worst-affected state due to COVID-19 in the country. (ANI)