New Delhi: Confirming 49 positive cases, Maharashtra has emerged as the epicentre of coronavirus in India, while the first few cases were only getting reported from Kerala. The state government is now pulling all the stops to contain the disease. Shopping malls, gyms, pools have been closed. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he has spoken to PM Modi. The Centre has assured of all assistance, the CM said. Also Read - Maharashtra Doctor Booked For Claiming to Provide 'Preventive Medicine' For Coronavirus

On Wednesday, two women tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai metropolitan region on Thursday, taking the number of such cases in Maharashtra to 47, officials said. While one woman had returned from the UK, another one had come back from Dubai, they said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Dale Steyn Wondering What South Africans Will Fall Back on in Absence of Sports

“A 22-year-old woman from Mumbai tested positive for Covid-19. She had returned from the UK. Another woman, a resident of Ulhas Nagar, had returned from Dubai. She is 49- year-old,” an official said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Please Spend 15 Minutes in Sun, Advises Union Minister

Another two cases were reported on Thursday. The dabbawalas have stopped delivery of food till March 31. Meanwhile, About 26,000 Indians are expected to land in Mumbai between Thursday and March 31 from the Gulf nations. According to experts, this is the reason why Mumbai/Maharashtra became a hotbed of coronavirus infection. Since many people with the infection arrived at the international airports of the country, cities around them became more vulnerable.