Maharashtra coronavirus tally reaches 116; 4 more test positive
Amid the countrywide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to people not to venture out of their homes and assured that the state has adequate stock of essential commodities.
Coronavirus tally in Maharashtra soared to 116 on Wednesday after four new cases were reported. The number of such cases in the state is so far the highest in the country, officials said. The latest cases are from Mumbai. The four are being treated at the municipal Kasturba Hospital in the city.
So far, India has reported 562 Covid-19 cases and nine deaths.
Meanwhile, a maulvi, who came in contact with some Filipinos at a mosque in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, had also tested positive for coronavirus following which nearly 53 of his contacts were placed under home quarantine. He is among the 116 Covid-19 patients found in Maharashtra so far.
Samples of his wife and son have also been sent for testing, an official from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) said. Seven Philippine nationals visited the mosque located at Vashi in Navi Mumbai between March 3 and 12 for some spiritual work, and three of them later tested positive for the coronavirus.
One of the COVID-19 Filipino patient later recovered, but died on Sunday night at the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai due to kidney failure. The maulvi also came in contact with him, the official said.
After the priest tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, at least 53 people, who were present in the mosque during the period when the persons from Philippines visited the place, were home quarantined, he said.
Over 1,200 houses around the mosque were screened and the area was cleaned with disinfectants, he said.
Meanwhile, amid the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday appealed to people not to venture out of their homes and assured that the state has adequate stock of essential commodities.
Greeting people on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, Thackeray said the poor and daily wagers should understand that the government stands firmly behind them in this time of crisis.
"There is enough stock of essential commodities and the essential services will continue to function," he said.
The Chief Minister also said that corporates were coming forward to set up hospitals and manufacture masks. "I appeal to employers not to cut wages of their workers or stop their services. Don't flock the markets. To purchase essential commodities, go to market alone and maintain distance (with one another)."