New Delhi, March 17: Reporting third corona casualty at Mumbai in the wake of the epidemic, Maharashtra on Tuesday has declared the total number of corona cases to be 39, highest in the country after Kerela. This is after a 64-year-old patient, who was admitted to Kasturba hospital, Mumbai passed away of COVID-19 infection.
Meanwhile the Health Ministry has also noted the total of 125 corona patients in India. The first casualty of coronavirus infection was reported in Karnataka. The second patient was a 68-year-old woman in the national capital who died at Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital last week.
The rising number of cases has prompted the central government to ban entry of more international passengers coming to the country. The Centre today, also restricted the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India, according to a travel advisory. "Travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India is prohibited with immediate effect," the travel advisory said.
The additional travel restriction will come into effect immediately and shall remain in force till March 31, the government advisory added. Amid the coronavirus scare in the state, Maharashtra government implemented a slew of measures to curb the virus spread. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code had been imposed in Nagpur and Nashik. Starting from today, around 40,000 shops will remain closed in Nagpur for the next three day. Federation Of Pune Trade Association (FTAP) decided to close the markets in the Pune for next three days to slow coronavirus outbreak. (third corona casualty)
The state government decided to stamp all those people who have been sent to 100% 'home quarantine'. The Thackeray government made it a punishable offence if any person attempts to evade the compulsory quarantine, or breaks 'home quarantine' and would forcibly move such person to a government isolation facility. (third corona casualty).
Earlier, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray issued an advisory directing all schools, colleges, cinema halls and malls to remain shut till 31 March. Maharashtra Legislature's Budget Session was also curtailed by a week. The entry to Mantralaya, the state government headquarters, will be banned till month end. All upcoming local bodies and civic elections have been postponed by three months. The state has also announced a ₹45 crore to districts in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has allocated ₹15 crore to the Konkan region, ₹10 crore to Pune and ₹5 crore each to Amravati, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik.