Maharashtra on Monday became the first state in the country to have confirmed more than 2,000 coronavirus cases. The state health department stated that at least 82 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state, taking the tally to 2,064. Out of the 82 new cases, 59 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Mumbai city while 12 are from Malegaon tehsil in Nashik district. Further, five cases have been reported from Thane, 3 from Pune, 2 from Palghar, and 1 from Vasai-Virar (a township in Palghar district).
In Dharavi, Mumbai’s congested slum area, four new coronavirus cases have been reported. A total of 47 coronavirus cases have been confirmed from Dharavi which is Asia’s biggest slum area. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 5 coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed from Dharavi so far.
Of all the positive cases in Dharavi, Gulmohar Chawl 1, Dr. Baliga Nagar recorded 5, Mukund Nagar reported 9, Madina Nagar registered 2, Muslim Nagar reported 5, Shashtri Nagar confirmed 4 cases. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Monday issued a notification to extend the lockdown in the state till April 30.
The notification reads: “Whereas the State Government is satisﬁed that the State of Maharashtra is threatened with the spread of coronavirus, and therefore to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus, vide above notiﬁcation dated 25th March 2020, the Government in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, read with all other enabling provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005, notiﬁed lockdown in the entire State of Maharashtra with immediate effect till midnight of 14th April 2020."
"And whereas it is expedient to take measures further to contain the spread of the virus. Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred under section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the State Government hereby directs that the lock-down orders issued vide Notiﬁcation dated 25th March 2020 shall now be extended up to and inclusive of 30th April 2020,” it added.