Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to essential services following the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from Mumbai. Stay tuned to TOI for all live updates:
12.18pm: Blood donation camps should be undertaken. We have asked collectors to take steps to organised blood donation camps, but with social distancing measures in place, says Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope.
12.16pm: Shirdi Sai Trust to donate Rs 51 crore to fight against coronavirus.
11.50am: I have seen many crisis like drought, heavy rains, hailstorm, earthquake, but the coronavirus and its impact is larger than all others. Therefore, people need to ensure their own safety first by staying at home: Sharad Pawar
11.30am: CM Uddhav Thackeray urges private medical practitioners to keep their clinics open and avoid causing inconvenience to the patients.
9.10am: BMC to set up 1,000 more isolation beds in its peripheral hospitals
* Two 65-year-old women in Mumbai, both without any apparent travel history, have succumbed to Covid-19, taking the state’s death toll to five.
* On Thursday, eight patients tested positive from the state, three from Sangli and one each from Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Pune.
* Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Thursday that shops supplying essential commodities and medical stores will be permitted to remain open round-the-clock. The CM’s decision came as a huge relief to the common man on a day vegetable prices soared 50% on an average across the city and there were fewer items to choose from.
* On Thursday, the situation in the markets remained precarious. Onion-potato sold for a shocking Rs 50 per kg and cabbage cauliflower for Rs 100. In Andheri Lokhandwala, common vegetables cost at least Rs 100 a kilo, with Rs 120 for cluster bean and lady finger. Coriander was Rs 30-40 a bunch.
* Small retail outlets, medical stores and their employees can now travel and refill the stock in their shops usng an ‘Essential Services Pass’ that the city police commissioner began to issue on Thursday. The shop owners can collect these passes from the police station that falls within their jurisdiction.
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