It’s been a week into the nation-wide lockdown, coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra are now increasing much faster than before. Today 18 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Maharashtra, news agencies reported. Out of 18, 16 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Mumbai and two more cases have been reported in Pune. With today’s 18 cases reported, the total number of cases in the state has escalated to 320. The deadly coronavirus has killed 12 people in the state till now.
The total positive cases stood at: 169 in Mumbai, 50 in Pune, 36 in Thane region, 25 in Sangli, Nagpur 16, Ahmednagar 8, Yavatmal 4, Buldhana 3, 2 each in Satara and Kolhapur, one each in Aurangabad, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Gondia, Jalgaon, Nashik, besides one from Gujarat.
On Tuesday, 72 new coronavirus patients were found in Maharashtra, 59 of them in Mumbai. This was the largest increase in the number of cases within a day probably in the country, a state official said, PTI reported.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed to people to remain indoors and maintain social distancing. “The ‘war against virus’ has reached a crucial stage and this is the time to exercise extreme precautions. Please do not step out of your homes for your own safety,” Thackeray said.
In view of the economic impact of coronavirus lockdown, salaries of ministers, other elected representatives as well as government officials in Maharashtra for March will be slashed by upto 60%, finance minister Ajit Pawar announced on Tuesday. Elected representatives including the chief minister, ministers and MLAs will get their salaries for March with 60% deduction. A and B grade government employees will get their salaries with 50% deduction while C grade employees will get salaries with 25% cut. There will be no cut in the salaries of D grade employees.