Mumbai lockdown: Uddhav Thackeray in talks to resume local train for essential services

ST Staff
Saturday, 30 May 2020

The state has increased COVID-19 testing laboratories from 2 in March to 72 now, according to Uddhav Thackeray. The state task force of 11 specialist physicians has developed a plan to treat patients.

On Friday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asked the state administration to follow up with the Railway Minister to run special local trains for the individuals who are associated with emergency services in Mumbai. The entry to the local train will be given based on their identity cards.

He cautioned that workers who are travelling from different locations back to their home towns are at risk of spreading the coronavirus. He also added that states must be extra careful, or else the infection will rapidly spread across the nation.

Uddhav Thackeray examined the state's preparation for the fight against coronavirus, before the monsoon season starts, in a high-level meeting. In order to open private clinics during the monsoon, Uddhav Thackeray has also asked the administration to provide private doctors with personal protection kits.

Uddhav Thackeray said, "If the doctors feel safe, they can open their clinics." He also added that a coronavirus test will only be conducted if the doctor has given a written recommendation to the patient.

The state has increased COVID-19 testing laboratories from 2 in March to 72 now, according to Uddhav Thackeray. The state task force of 11 specialist physicians has developed a plan to treat patients, he added. Uddhav Thackeray said "We have succeeded in bringing down the COVID-19 fatality rate to 3.3 and the recovery rate to 31 per cent. The state has increased the period of doubling the number of patients from three days in April to 14 days in May end."

Uddhav Thackeray has requested Commissioner Ajoy Mehta of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to give every bed available in a private hospital a unique number. He has also asked the details on the dashboard to be updated and has asked him to update the details on a particular platform.

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