MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday refuted speculation about the Army being called in Mumbai which has become a major coronavirus hotspot.
In a live webcast, he said that additional manpower may be sought from the Union Government if needed so that the State Police Force gets some respite. He asked people not to believe rumours.
“This doesn’t mean that Mumbai will be handed over to the Army. Police personnel are tired after working round-the- clock, some have fallen sick and a few of them have succumbed to the virus. They need rest,” Thackeray said.
He also admitted that while the spread of the virus has been contained, the State has not succeeded in breaking the chain of infection yet.
Whether the lockdown will be extended or not after May 17 will depend on how far people maintain discipline and follow rules, he said.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rose to 19,063 with 1,089 new cases being detected on Friday, 784 of them in Mumbai. The death toll due to the pandemic in the State rose to 731 with 37 deaths reported during the day.