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Maharashtra government orders closure of theatres, gyms, malls amid coronavirus outbreak

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray , announcing the state government’s measures to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, said, “Wherever possible, companies should allow employees to work from home because of coronavirus threat.”

The Maharashtra government has shut all malls, gyms, cinema halls, and swimming pools in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Pimpri-Chinchwad from midnight on Friday in light of the increasing cases of coronavirus in the state.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, speaking in the state’s Assembly, also said that the government has declared the spread of COVID-19 in the five districts as an ‘epidemic’.

“Wherever possible, corporates and owners of the private companies should allow employees to work from home from Monday. However, avoid large gatherings,” said CM Uddhav Thackeray.

Announcing in the State Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the government was invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 from midnight.

Thackeray announced that schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad areas will remain shut till further orders.

However, the SSC exams in those schools will continue as per schedule, he said.

Although malls, cinema Halls among other public spaces have been closed, Thackeray said that the government cannot shut down modes of transport such as buses and railways, but has advised avoiding unnecessary travel.

COVID-19 cases rise to 81 in India

The Union health ministry on Friday evening said that the cases of the novel coronavirus have risen to 81 in India, with fresh cases being reported in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Maharashtra.

CM also informed the House that so far 17 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state — three each in Mumbai and Nagpur, 10 in Pune and one in Thane.

The person who tested positive for the virus in Pune had a travel history to the United States, an official said. He further pointed out that barring one, all coronavirus patients in Pune had travelled abroad and there was no “local transmission” of the disease as such.

Dubai-returned woman from Mira-Bhayandar quarantine

A Dubai-return woman from Mira-Bhayandar has been quarantined at the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai for possible exposure to the Covid-19 virus after she complained of having a cough and fever. “However, her throat swab has been sent for testing and the confirmation of whether the woman has coronavirus is still awaited,” said officials from the health department of the MBMC.

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