AGENCIES, Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that the lockdown announced last month to contain the coronavirus infection will extend at least till April 30. The announcement comes amid reports of six new coronavirus cases from Mumbai’s Dharavi area that is host to Asia’s largest slum.. With this, the total number of cases in the area has risen to 28. According to health authorities, five of the six new cases are suspected contacts of people who tested positive earlier and later isolated. The authorities say isolation and quarantine are working in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in crowded areas.
Three new cases have been reported from Dadar as well, just four kilometres away, which includes two nurses from the Sushrusha Hospital.
On Friday, Maharashtra reported 210 new cases with 132 of them from Mumbai. As per the latest statistics, the number of COVID-19 positive cases reached 1,008 in Mumbai with 64 deaths.
While extending the lockdown Thackeray said some relaxation may be allowed later, but it would depend on the behaviour of the people of the state.
“From April 14 till at least April 30, there will be a lockdown. Somewhere we can relax the lockdown but will tell you about it (later). It all depends on how you behave in the lockdown. Don’t crowd to get groceries,” he said in an address to the people of the state. “Whoever can, please work from home,” he added.
Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in the country with 1,574 coronavirus cases, including 110 deaths. “The death rate here is a bit higher because of high risk patients, especially people aged 60 and above who have medical conditions,” Thackeray said. “We are sealing areas and declaring containment zones. We are providing them with essentials. Now we are not waiting for patients to come to us but going to them for tests. 19,000 people were tested in Mumbai alone,” he added. According to him, 60 to 70 per cent positive patients in Mumbai have mild symptoms.
Thackeray said even during the lockdown, his government hasn’t halted agriculture and allied activities.
COVID-19 has killed 239 people in the country, with 40 new deaths reported since Friday. The total number of positive coronavirus cases is now 7,447.