Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said the process of lifting the lockdown in the state would be done in a stepwise manner.

The threat of Covid-19 still persists, CM Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday, and added that he does not want a second wave of the deadly viral infection in the state.

Last month, the Maharashtra government had extended the lockdown in the state till August 31.

Till Saturday, the state reported 5,84,754 Covid-19 cases and 19,749 deaths due to the disease, as per official figures. On Sunday, the death toll due to coronavirus infection climbed to 49,980 with 944 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. Of the 944 fresh deaths reported, 322 were from Maharashtra.

It is more important how to lift the lockdown than when to come out of it, CM Uddhav Thackeray said in a video interaction with a team of doctors who are part of the task force set up by his government to combat Covid-19.

"Those who hurriedly lifted the lockdown had to impose it again. I don't want a second wave of coronavirus in the state," the chief minister said.

"The state government's 'Mission Begin Again' initiative is being implemented step-by-step. The momentum of chase the virus campaign should not stop since the threat of the virus still persists, and monsoon is still active in the state. We have to be careful about rain-related ailments as well," CM Uddhav Thackeray said.