The Maharashtra government has declared coronavirus to be a pandemic and has shut all gyms and swimming pools in 5 districts namely Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai and Pimpri Chinchwad from midnight of Friday, 13th March until further notice. However malls and theatres will continue to remain open. The increasing cases of the deadly virus in the state has urged the government to take this step. Uddhav Thackeray the Chief Minister revealed this in the state’s Assembly and also stated that the government has declared the spread of coronavirus in the 5 districts as an epidemic.
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Maharashtra currently has around 14 patients suffering from coronavirus. On Thursday, 12th March, one person each was tested positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai, Thane, and Pune. The Health Minister, Rajesh Tope stated the new number of coronavirus patients has risen to 14. Mumbai witnessed its first two confirmed cases after a couple who returned from Dubai and came in contact with a Pune couple who were tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
The government of Maharashtra have left no stone unturned when it comes to dealing with this epidemic in the state. The Chief Minister has declared coronavirus as a state epidemic, and the government has shut down gyms and swimming pools until further notice, to contain the deadly virus. Apart from Maharashtra, Karnataka and New Delhi have also taken stringent measures like shutting down schools, malls, colleges, theatres and mass gatherings to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus. Did you know Tirupati Temple Urges NRIs & Foreigners Not To Visit Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak?
All malls, theaters, gyms, swimming pools in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pimpri-Chinchawad to be closed starting midnight today till 30th March: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray#CautionYesPanicNo#COVID19#CoronavirusOutbreak LIVE Updates ?https://t.co/7PxRficvwW pic.twitter.com/iusHLUcHXa
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) March 13, 2020
The worldwide toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached around 5082 on Friday, crossing the 5000-mark. In mainland China, around 3100 people have died from this disease. In Italy, 1016 people and in Iran, 514 people have passed away due to this deadly disease. Italy, China and Iran are the three countries worst hit by the flu-like symptom disease. Ever since coronavirus was first detected in December around 121 countries and territories have been infected. When it comes to India, the cases of the novel coronavirus has risen to 81 with fresh cases being reported in Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka has witnessed the first death in India due to the virus. So we urge you to refrain from crowded gatherings and stay safe amidst this health issue, which Has Officially Been Declared A Pandemic By WHO