Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who had asked people not to panic after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced a 21-day lockdown across the country on Wednesday repeated his promise to ensure that supply lines of essential commodities would not be disrupted in the state.
Thackeray asked people to stay at home and not step out unless absolutely necessary. He also added another precaution that people must take to stop the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen that causes coronavirus disease from spreading.
“Today, we have received a new advisory from the Centre not to use air conditioners if possible. Avoid unnecessary cooling and moisture,” Chief Minister Thackeray said his address to the state via Facebook.
The chief minister said he compared the present situation to “war-like situation”.
“Because the danger is huge especially when you cannot see your enemy (novel coronavirus) and where it is going to attack you. Thus stay at home. If you step out, the enemy can enter into your home,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after his televised address to the nation on Tuesday evening to figure out how people would get by. By then, people had already panicked the rushed out to grocery stores before the new lockdown kicked in.