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Maharashtra to put in place strict measures to ensure lockdown as Covid cases cross 1,000

Updated: April 8, 2020 2:22 pm
In Maharashtra, as Corona virus positive cases crossed the thousand mark, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that a decision on extending the lockdown will be taken post 14th of April when the current lockdown ends. The Chief Minister yesterday chaired a State Cabinet meeting via video conferencing and took stock of the available medical infrastructure like testing kits, medicines and essential commodities.

In view of the pandemic, the State Government decided to extend the scheme to Taluka level and provide Shiv Bhojan Thali at a reduced price of five rupees for the next three months. Currently, nearly one lakh Thalis are being served under the scheme. It was further decided to provide food grains to orange ration cardholders till June at concessional rates. It was also decided to amend the Maharashtra Charity Management Act to avail financial assistance from charitable trusts to fight the Corona virus outbreak.

Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to report more than 1,000 Corona virus cases with the total number of affected people in the state rising to 1,018. Out of 150 new cases reported yesterday, at least 116 were reported from Mumbai, taking the total number of positive cases in the city to 590. But, the spread of the disease in Dharavi, the biggest slum in Asia has been a matter of concern as two more positive cases were found yesterday.

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