Mumbai: The positive cases of Covid-19 are increasing sharply in Maharashtra with 10 new cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in the state to 225.
According to reports, five people had tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mumbai alone while three cases were reported from Pune. Two in Buldhana were diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. One person died two days ago in Buldhana.
The Maharashtra health ministry informed that the death toll from the coronavirus in the state rose to 11 on Monday with three more people succumbing to infection. Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is one of the worst affected places by the COVID-19 outbreak. Nearly 100 people have so far confirmed positive with coronavirus in Mumbai. COVID-19 has infected as many as 46 people from Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and rural area.
The Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope informed that there are 25 coronavirus patients in Sangli, 23 in Thane region, 16 in Nagpur, five in Ahmednagar, four in Yavatmal, three in Buldhana, two each in Satara and Kolhapur, and one each in Aurangabad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Gondia, Jalgaon, and Nashik. A total of 39 COVID-19 patients in the state have recovered from the disease, Tope added.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided that there would be a 60 cut in this month’s salaries of public representatives in the state, including the chief minister, in view of coronavirus affecting the economy.
The Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also the state finance minister, said the decision has been taken after consultation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The deputy chief minister announced a 60% cut in the March salaries of the chief minister, all other ministers, MLAs, MLCs and representatives of local governing bodies. The salaries of Class I and II will be cut by 50% while that of Class III employees will be cut by 25%. There will be no cut in the salaries of remaining classes in the state bureaucracy, he further said.