New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra touched 335, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday discussed the situation with state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on phone. Notably, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in the country. The state recorded 33 new cases on Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Number of Cases Reaches 320, Toll 12
1) As per updates from state officials, PM Modi urged Thackeray to step up tracing, testing and treatment of the people who arrived in Mumbai and rest of the state after attending Tablighi Jamaat meet in New Delhi last month. Also Read - Katrina Kaif to Donate Undisclosed Amount to PM CARES Fund, Maharashtra CM Relief Fund
2) Health officials stated that 30 of these cases were found in Mumbai alone, two in Pune and one in Buldhana. The state had reported 302 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200
3) Addressing a press conference, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said earlier in the day that the number of cases in the state would increase further because there were around 5,000 people in high-risk category.
4) To combat the coronavirus pandemic, a digital application named ‘MahaKavach’ has been designed to help the health authorities in contact tracing and tracking of quarantined COVID-19 patients. The app is a joint initiative by the National Health Authority, the Maharashtra State Innovation Society, Nashik District Innovation Council, Nashik Municipal Corporation, Digital Impact Square (A TCS foundation initiative), and the Kumbathom Foundation.
5) In another development, the Maharashtra government said that the five kg of free rice promised by the Centre for ration card-holders will be distributed only after they buy their regular quota of grains at Fair Price Shops. The decision from the state government was taken as otherwise stocking of food grains and their transportation would pose a problem.
6) With an effort to keep citizens indoors during the lockdown, police in Maharashtra have started using drone cameras to find people, specially migrant workers, going from one place to another.
7) Several people were seen walking through fields and trying to dodge the police to reach their native villages or hometowns in Aurangabad districts due to lack of transportation facilities following the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus.
8) Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday warned of taking stricter measures if citizens continue to roam around on streets despite the lockdown. Pawar’s warning came amid reports of blatant violation of the lockdown norms by people from many cities.
9) Pawar said that people stepping out of their homes in large numbers to purchase vegetables and grocery are endangering the very purpose of the measures undertaken by the Central and state governments to check the spread of novel coronavirus.
10) Urging people to stop crowding to purchase vegetables, Pawar said those who behave irresponsibly and defy rules will not be spared.