New Delhi: Four new cases of coronavirus infection were reported from Mumbai on Wednesday, taking the number of total cases in Maharashtra to 116 — the highest in the country so far. The four are being treated at the municipal Kasturba Hospital in the city. “We will celebrate Gudi Padwa once the crisis is over. There is no need to panic. There will be no shortage. Just be home and listen to your home minister, like I am doing,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus in India Updates: Govt Temporarily Suspends Collection at Toll Plazas Across India
Maharashtra on Wednesday witnessed a subdued celebration of Gudi Padwa, which marks the beginning of New Year in the state, as people stayed indoors in view of the national lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a tweet in Marathi to greet people of Maharashtra for the festival. Also Read - COVID-19: ‘Section 144 to be Imposed in Urban Areas From Monday,’ Says Uddhav Thackeray
“People of Maharashtra are celebrating Gudhi Padwa. I wish them success, happiness and good health. May all their wishes be fulfilled this year,” he tweeted.
Gudi Padwa is the first day of the month of Chaitra and marks the beginning of the New Year as per the Hindu calendar.
People hoisted the traditional ‘gudi’ – made of a bright cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo stick and a silver or copper pot placed in the inverted position over it – in their balconies and windows. But, they could not garland the gudi with flowers, mango and neem leaves as flower shops were shut and markets wore a deserted look.
Meanwhile, five people admitted in different hospitals of Indore have tested positive for the coronavirus, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh to 14. None of these five patients has a history of travel to abroad, Indore’s Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Praveen Jadiya said to PTI.
The five new COVID-19 patients include three men, aged 48, 65 and 68, and two women- one 50 years old and the other aged 65. Of the two women, the 65-year-old patient belongs to neighbouring Ujjain. She is admitted to the government-run MY Hospital in Indore.
(With PTI Inputs)