MUMBAI: Three persons tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday—one each in Mumbai, Thane and Pune—taking the count of infected individuals in the state to 14. The Mumbai patient is a 64-yearold man who had travelled to Dubai and is now in ICU. State officials said his condition is serious.
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In Thane, a 35-year-old man who arrived from France tested positive; so did a 33-year-old in Pune who had travelled to the US.
Mumbai now has three positive cases, all above 60 years. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said the elderly couple, the first to test positive on Wednesday, were stable. He added that three of the couple’s close contacts, including their housemaid and neighbour, have all tested negative for coronavirus, bringing relief to the building residents.
The latest Mumbai patient had come to the city on March 8 and approached his regular private hospital with a cardiac complaint. The doctors, however, suspected his symptoms to be that of coronavirus and sent his samples for testing, which have come positive.
Looking at the surge in positive cases, public health minister Rajesh Tope said the state government would consider invoking the Epidemic Act, 1987, if patients resisted getting quarantined. Thane, following Pune’s lead, invoked the Disaster Management Act, 2005, late on Wednesday.