A lone staff member works in a Government office in Konkan
Bhawan after lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Navi Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that curfew will be imposed in the entire State from Monday midnight as the fight against coronavirus has reached a “turning point”. The next few days would be crucial, he said, adding that crowds will not be tolerated in public places and action would be taken against those violating the Government’s guidelines. He, however, assured that all essential services will remain open during the time of curfew.
“We will be enforcing curfew in the entire State from Monday midnight. We have come to a turning point in our battle against the COVID-19 outbreak. The next few days would be extremely important. We are also sealing borders of all districts to check the spread of coronavirus,” he said. “We will not tolerate crowd in public places at any cost. Except in case of an emergency, no one will be allowed to roam on streets. If these guidelines are violated, people will face legal action,” Thackeray said. All the essential services, medical stores, veterinary doctors and their shops will continue to operate during the curfew, he said. “The way we clapped yesterday, it was, in fact, a siren of warning.
We need to observe complete restraint at this moment, or we will regret forever. This is the turning point in our fight against coronavirus,” Thackeray said. He also said home quarantine is mandatory as it is the advisory from health experts and Government. “We need to win the battle against coronavirus. The State Government is also training anganwadi (State-run women and child care centres) and ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers and home guards as the State would need extra manpower in the fight against COVID-19, he said. The Chief Minister said that he has also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to suspend domestic flight services. We will allow only essential services. If we cannot check the coronavirus outbreak at this moment, we may face the fate of some European countries, he said. Italy is the hardest-hit European country with 5,476 deaths so far.
Cases in State rise to 97 as 8 more test positive
WITH eight more people testing coronavirus positive on Monday evening, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra rose to 97 Monday evening, health officials said. Of the eight, four are from Islampur tehsil in Sangli district, while three are from Mumbai and one from Satara, the officials said. Earlier in the day, Maharashtra reported the highest single-day cases with 15 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in the State in the last 24 hours.
Of these 11 are from Mumbai, three from Thane, Vasai- Virar and Navi Mumbai, all part of the commercial capital’s metropolitan region, and one from Pune, according to an official statement. Parlt adjourned sine die “Out of 14 positive patients in Mumbai (metropolitan) region, nine got the infection from their family member or friends who have earlier tested positive for the pandemic disease, while the remaining five have a travel history from Dubai, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia and England,” it had said. “One more relative of the Covid-19 woman patient admitted in Pune’s Bharti Hospital tested positive today. She does not have any travel history, leaving authorities worried about where she got the infection from,” an official said.