Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday expressed hope that things would become better with time, while taking note of Chinese city Wuhan–also the epicenter and origin point of Coronovirus– where the lockdown was lifted today. Also Read - 'Pleasant Surprise': Uddhav Thackeray Calls Rail Employee to Laud Him for Helping People Amid Lockdown

“I am getting news from all over the world through news channels, that things in Wuhan (China) have returned to normalcy and the restrictions are being removed. It’s good news. This means things can be better with time,” Thackeray said. Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray a Revelation, Tweets Omar Abdullah; Sena 'Makeover' Earns Praise Amid Corona Fight

The Maharashtra Chief Minister then also acknowledged that it is a difficult time as everyone is forced to stay at home, but asserted that there is no other option. Also Read - 'Like COVID-19, There is Communal Virus too...,' Uddhav's Warning to Those Spreading Misinformation

“I understand that people are facing different types of issues while staying at home. People are getting bored. I am sorry about that but there is no option other than staying at home to beat COVID-19,” he said.

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state has shot up by 60 since Tuesday night, taking the total number of infectees from 1,018 to 1,078, as the number of death cases stood at 64, officials said here on Wednesday.

The highest increase was notched in Mumbai with 44 new cases, increasing the total tally from 642 to 686, besides 40 deaths.

Pune followed with nine new cases on Wednesday, raising its tally from 137 to 146 and eight deaths so far. Nagpur recorded four new cases followed by Ahmednagar, Akola and Buldhana with one each.