Two new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Maharashtra, total tally reaches 124


MUMBAI: The state health department on Thursday said that the total tally of coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra reached 124 after two new cases of the infection were reported in Thane and Mumbai respectively.


The government has ordered a state-wide lockdown for the next 21 days, after calling the measures to be in place till March 31, keeping in tandem with the directives by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Tuesday.

Essential services like food items, vegetables, fruits, grocery and bakery items are exempted from lockdown and the vendors can provide home deliveries.

Meanwhile, the state government has permitted the printing and distribution of newspapers from April 1. 

The newspaper services were halted after the state government announced lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

According to the Union health ministry update on Thursday morning, number of coronavirus cases in the country is now at 649 There are 593 COVID-19 active cases.

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.


With inputs from ANI

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