Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the State, where he claimed that the State was leading the nation in conducting tests for the novel coronavirus.
Before briefing about the status of coronavirus, Uddhav Thackeray thanked all Bhim Sainiks on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti.
“I want to thank Bhim Sainiks, because every April 14 we see a ‘Bhim Sagar’ where many followers of Babasaheb Ambedkar come to pay their respect to him. But this time, they paid their tributes from home. Babasaheb taught us to fight; he fought against caste discrimination, now the fight is against a virus,” said Thackeray before thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing an extension of lockdown. “Today PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced that the lockdown is extended till May 3. I thank the Prime Minister for it, as I had suggested the same.”
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No cases in ten districts
He explained that ten districts in the State have zero coronavirus positive cases. “As I already said that Maharashtra will show the way to the country in the battle against COVID. We will maintain that, and we will try that all districts are COVID-19 free as early as possible. Maharashtra is probably conducting the highest number of COVID-19 tests.
“Mumbai has tested over 22,000 samples. 2,334 positive cases reported till today (morning) and 230 people have recovered,” the CM added.
Relief for the economy?
While stressing on the point of the economy of the State, the CM said, “To combat the coronavirus, we have formed two groups to deal with the economic aspect, one team will be led by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and another by prominent scientist Dr Raghunath Mashelkar and other eminent economists who can suggest how we can avoid an economic crisis.”
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“There is no need to worry or to fear. Mumbai and Pune are hotspots for coronavirus; as a result, the testing centres, door-to-door testings have been increased. The containment zones are sealed, and extra care is been taken there,” he further added.
Hundreds of migrant workers from the states Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal have gathered near the Bandra railway station demanding they be sent to native places. The migrant labourers were hoping to return as they expected the lockdown to end on Tuesday.
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Talking about the incident where police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the gathering, Thackeray said, “Today what happened it Bandra was because few workers thought that they would be able to go home after April 14 and the trains will resume. Someone might have spread that rumour, but I want to assure you, you are in Maharashtra and you are safe. Maharashtra government is taking care of you.”
He has urged all political parties to come together to solve the challenges being thrown up by the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said, “The lockdown has been extended till May 3. The coronavirus should be curbed at every level. Even if one person dies due to coronavirus, our tension should increase. That is why hotspots in different regions will under surveillance with extended vigilance and harsh steps will be taken to curtail the spread of coronavirus.”
Meanwhile, India has crossed the mark of 10,500 positive cases with the death toll jumping over 350.