Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray chairs a meeting with all-district collectors through video conferencing over coronavirus in Mumbai
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray chairs a meeting with all-district collectors through video conferencing over coronavirus in Mumbai
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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday apologised for the lockdown inconvenience and assured that the government is working hard to curb virus spread. Thackeray’s apology comes close on the heels of Maharashtra’s coronavirus positive patients surging to 1,135 with the state recording 64 deaths. ‘

’The situation is alarming however not scary. It must be admitted that the numbers are rising, and we want to bring them down to zero. Thackeray in his 24-minute web address announced that the government will soon start” fever Clinics” for those with cough, cold and fever. The locations will be announced soon. Those with these symptoms should go to these clinics which will be launched in all divisions instead of hospitals.

“This is because, if a COVID patient goes to a normal hospital, it will affect the entire facility. We are taking care to prevent person-to-person transmission. There will be doctors at all three places, but the third facility will have experts to deal with allied ailments like those of the kidney,’’ said CM.

He informed that in such clinics the patients once examined will be directed for further treatment. Patients will be categorised into three sections, those with mild, moderate and severe symptoms along with other factors like high BP and kidney ailments.

Further, Thackeray made a special appeal to retired military men who have served in the medical corps, retired nurses and ward boys as well as unemployed nurses and ward boys to join the state's effort against the virus.

He urged that Maharashtra needs such personnel to help in the effort. He shared an email id for such medical professionals to join the effort. Thackeray countered opposition’s charge on the discrepancy in distribution of food grains saying that the Centre has so far provided just rice and no grains “Yesterday, the state cabinet decided to give 3 kg wheat at Rs 8/kg and 2kg rice at Rs 12/kg to orange ration card holders.

Though the Centre has its scheme, it covers only those under the National Food Security Act, so please do not misunderstand. I have requested the centre to provide the grain at a minimum statutory price,’’ explained CM Thackeray. Thackeray referred to the lifting of restriction in Wuhan after 75 to 76 days. ‘

’It is not that everything is scary. Like me, even you know through the media about what is happening in the world, about the situation in America, about the financial emergency in Japan, and a fresh lockdown being imposed in Singapore,’’ noted CM.

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