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Covid-19 update: Maharashtra reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, total tally at 320

Covid-19 update: Maharashtra reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, total tally at 320

18 people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease in Mumbai and two more cases were reported in Pune, taking the number of those infected in Maharashtra to 320, the highest in the country. However, state health minister Rajesh Tope said the jump on Tuesday was because the results of tests conducted by the city’s private laboratories over the past four days were declared together.

Maharashtra’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had on Tuesday said they are sealing areas where there are coronavirus patients to curb the further spread of Covid-19. Thackeray also directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to set up 227 flying squads that will conduct a house-to-house inspection in each and every ward. The squad will have personnel each from BMC, police, health and revenue departments.

“The squads will reach out to the members of the patient’s family and all those who came in contact with them. They will be asked if they have any symptoms of flu, such as cough, cold and fever, and for those having any of these symptoms, arrangements will be made for testing,” Thackeray said.

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