New Delhi, March 25: Amid the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday appealed to people not to venture out of their homes and assured that the state has adequate stock of essential commodities. "We have sufficient stock of essential commodities like vegetables, rice and other items of daily use, so there is no need to worry", he said while addressing the state via video conferencing.
Building a positive spirit amongst the Maharashtrains on the auspicious occasion of Gudhi Padwa, CM Thackeray said that all shops selling essential goods were open and that the state together will celebrate Gudhi Padwa once tackled this crisis. "I am at home listening to Mrs CM, you listen to your home minister", he said adding humour to the conversation.
"It is a war-like situation so I have compared this Coronavirus with war, when we are not aware of the enemy then the enemy will attack us, so we have to be aware as we cannot see this enemy", he said. "The poor and daily wagers should understand that the government stands firmly behind them in this time of crisis", he added.
The chief minister also said that corporates were coming forward to set up hospitals and manufacture masks. He further appealed to employers not to cut wages of their workers or stop their services. "Don't flock the markets. To purchase essential commodities, go to market alone and maintain distance (with one another)," he reiterated.
Current count of COVID19 patients in Maharashtra is 116. In Sangli 5 people from one family are identified as positive due to contacts and 4 people from Mumbai are identified as positive due to travel history or contacts, noted state health minister Rajesh Tope. Lets fight this corona by staying home safe!