MUMBAI: The state of Maharashtra went on high alert after 11 people were tested positive for COVID-19. The number includes 2 from Mumbai, 1 from Nagpur and 8 from Pune, said the state's chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday.
Thackeray along with the deputy CM Ajit Pawar released this information late on Wednesday evening that Maharashtra Legislature's ongoing Budget Session is most likely to be curtailed and end on Saturday. The final decision will be taken on Thursday.
The decision of cutting short the session was not out of panic towards the deadly virus but to enable the state government to marshall all efforts towards containing the virus and allow MLAs to return to their constituencies to look out for the precautionary measures being taken regarding the disease.
The CM assured people that those who tested positive are not 'serious' and are undergoing proper treatment at various hospitals. He also announced that there is a proposal for restricting people to enter the stadia for the upcoming IPL 2020.
Health officials have said that the two infected in Mumbai and others in Pune are close to some of the afflicted who had returned from a Dubai tour along with 40 members. The Mumbai patients are in an isolated ward in Kasturba Hospital and are undergoing treatment.
The other tour members are being traced so as to take the necessary precautionary measure. Thackeray and Pawar have appealed to people to 'not to panic' and the government is geared up to face any crisis.
Thackeray said, "Those who have travelled and come from abroad are advised to stay indoors at home for 14 days... All others should avoid crowding in public places and exercise all other precautions as prescribed by the health authorities."
However, he feels that there is no immediate need to shut down schools and colleges and the situation will be monitored before any final decision.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, "A central team of experts will visit the state soon and train our medical staff on handling Covid-19 patients. We have sufficient number of masks, medicines, beds, isolation wards, medical and para-medical staff to handle the situation."
Presently, 17 suspected Coronavirus patients are in Pune hospitals and 15 in Mumbai hospitals whose test reports are awaited.