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Coronavirus update: 14 new cases reported from Mumbai, 1 from Pune – Livemint

Taking the total number of coronavirus patients in Maharashtra to 89, Mumbai has reported 14 new cases in the last 24 hours, state health ministry said. Fifteen new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Maharashtra, out of which 14 are from Mumbai and one from Pune.

Coronavirus has so far claimed two lives in Maharashtra, which has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in India. The state government has also started institutional quarantine where several hotels and isolation centres are created in which more than 500 people are staying currently.

A 68-year-old Philippines citizen, initially tested positive for Covid-19 but subsequently became negative, passed away yesterday. He was shifted from Kasturba hospital to a private hospital where he developed acute renal failure and respiratory distress, public health department, Mumbai, said.

To control the spread of the highly contagious infection which has affected over 3.4 lakh people worldwide, the Maharashtra government has imposed a near-total lockdown of the state till March 31 in which only essential services have been asked to function. Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits gathering of over five persons at public places, has been imposed in the state.

While offices have been asked to encourage a work from home policy to ensure social distancing, state transport and private bus services have been suspended completely. The Indian Railways has also suspended local trains, known as Mumbai’s lifeline, till March 31.

Only essential services such as groceries, vegetables, banks, key financial services, etc have been allowed to function. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked people to not stop out of their houses unless absolutely essential.

The total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 390 in India, the union health ministry said.