New Delhi: As the confirmed cases of coronavirus have gone up to 37 in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday asked his officials and the district collectors to ensure there is no crowding at religious sites. Also Read - Think About Wage Workers! Filmmakers Ask Right Questions as Industry Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
In the wake of the outbreak of the virus, the state government has announced several measures to stop the spread of the infection as Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to have reported highest number of coronavirus cases. Here are top 10 developments on the infection. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Royal Challengers Bangalore Defer Training Camp Until Further Notice
1) Holding a review meeting, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said foreign tours have been banned and gram panchayat and other local body meetings have also been postponed. Also Read - No Gym Because of Coronavirus? Visit Your Neighbourhood Park or Workout at Home
2) Starting from Tuesday, measures will be in place to stop the flow of people into Mantralaya, the state’s secretariat in south Mumbai.
3) Schools and colleges across the state have been closed till March 31. Officials have been asked to place sanitisers and soaps in public toilets as part of measures to tackle the coronavirus threat.
4) The Tuljabhavani Temple, one popular shrine in Maharashtra located in Osmanabad district, will remain closed for devotees from March 17 to 31.
5) The Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi, dedicated to Lord Ganesh, which attracts hundreds of devotees everyday, has also been closed for public. Siddhivinayak Temple trust chairman Adesh Bandekar said “Thousands and lakhs of people come to the Siddhivinayak Temple to pay respect. In the current situation, it is our responsibility to deal with the crisis (coronavirus outbreak). Hence, the trust has decided that the temple will be closed for worship till further notice.”
6) Part of the preventive measure, several historical sites, prime being the world-famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, will be closed from Thursday till April 7.
7) Other famous historic sites such as Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad (Devgiri) Fort, which attract robust tourist footfalls, including foreign nationals, have been put under lock-down.
8) The Royal Western India Turf Club has also suspended racing till further notice in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
9) The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration on Monday raided a firm in Aurangabad and caught staff changing expiry date labels on hand sanitiser bottles to profit from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the state.
10) In another development, the Maharashtra Raj Bhavan tour for general public has also been suspended till March 31 due to the novel coronavirus threat.