NEW DELHI :
After two women tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai metropolitan region, the total number of such cases has climbed to 47 in Maharashtra, according to the state health ministry.
A 22-year-old woman from Mumbai, who tested positive for COVID-19 has a travel history to UK while another a 49-year-old woman from Ulhasnagar has a travel history to Dubai.
The total number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 171 in India. Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus positive cases. Out of the 47 cases in the western state, three are foreigners. Another patient who had a travel history to Dubai has already passed away in Kasturba hospital.
To control the spread of the virus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has imposed a fine of ₹1,000 for spitting in public places. In the last few days, the corporation has collected over ₹1 lakh fine for spitting.
“Spitting in public space will attract a fine of Rs. 1,000 or detention u/s 189 IPC. While we do our best to ensure that no such act takes place in the city, a little cooperation from Mumbaikars in these difficult times will help us go a long way in our fight against Coronavirus,” BMC said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to people to avoid train and bus journey if not necessary. He has also clarified that the government does not want to stop local train services to contain the coronavirus spread.
The government has, however, decided to reduce the load on public transport services, including suburban locals, to 50%. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has stopped standing journey on buses to avoid crowding and enforce social distancing.