With Maharashtra adding over 1,000 cases for the third consecutive day on Friday, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state inched towards 20,000-mark. Maharashtra was the hardest hit by coronavirus pandemic. The death toll in the state today crossed 700, the highest in the country.
At least 37 people succumbed to death in the last 24 hours. Mumbai alone accounted for over 50% of cases in Maharashtra. The city confirmed over 12,000 coronavirus patients and over 300 fatalities. To mitigate the spread of the virus, the authorities allowed only essential shops and medical outlets to remain open during the third phase of lockdown.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that the state was not able to break the “chain of coronavirus infection”. He urged citizens to stay indoors and maintain social distancing norms to fight against the virus.
Every citizen of the state is a soldier who is fighting coronavirus, the chief minister said. He also assured the citizens that adequate medical infrastructure was available, especially in Mumbai.
Thackeray added that the state government may ask for “additional manpower”from the Central government.
“Police personnel is tired after working round-the-clock, some have fallen sick and few of them have succumbed to the virus. They need rest,” Thackeray said. Relaxation of lockdown after May 17 depends on how far people maintain discipline and follow rules, he said.