New Delhi: The Maharashtra government on Saturday said that they are discussing to lift the curfew in a phased manner after April 14. However, it added that this would only be possible if people maintained discipline. Also Read - Might Take a Week to Restore Power: Maharashtra Urges People to Observe 'Blackout' Without Switching Off Lights
“We are discussing whether to give phase-wise relaxation after April 14, but this will be possible only if people cooperate and maintain discipline,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Planned Event in Maharashtra; Permission Was Given, Later Revoked: Reports
Tope then went on to elaborate on the medical supplies that the government has procured for the emergency needs. “We have stock of 25,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), 25 lakh N95 masks and 25 lakh Triple-layer masks. In govt hospitals, we have 1500 ventilators & arranging for further 2000 for other hospitals which are under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule scheme,” he added. Also Read - Maharashtra to Conduct Rapid Tests For Coronavirus as Total Positive Count Spikes Over 400
Notably, total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra have risen to 537, including 50 patients who have been discharged, Tope confirmed.
“Till now we have traced 9 lakh people approximately by deploying 2495 teams. These teams are working in 290 containment zones that we have marked in Mumbai and likewise in other districts. I urge people to cooperate with health workers,” Rajesh Tope asserted.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned those who are spreading information or videos that are communal in nature, asserting that Coronavirus knows no religion and can happen to anyone. “Like COVID-19 virus, there is a communal virus too. I am warning those who are spreading wrong messages to the citizens and uploading such videos even for the sake of fun. This COVID19 virus sees no religion,” Thackeray added.