COVID-19 cases near 2,500, Maharashtra worst hit, the toll reaches to 335

Mumbai: The positive cases of Covid-19 have crossed 2,300 in the country and deaths reached to around 60 on Friday. The union health ministry informed that out of these, 2,088 are active cases, and 156 have been cured and discharged.

With 335 positive cases, Maharashtra is currently the state with the highest number of reported COVID-19 infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (309) and Kerala (286). Three cases have been reported so far in Mumbai’s Dharavi area, Asia’s largest slum.

In view of the situation, the state government and the BMC are planning to start testing thousands of its health workers to check whether they have developed antibodies after being exposed to coronavirus. For a start, the BMC wants to test 10,000 of its healthcare personnel in the next ten days. For the last few days, civic officials have been in touch with the health ministry in Delhi to procure antibody test kits for the city.

A lot many people have been exposed to the virus and they may develop immunity after their bodies develop antibodies against the virus. “Once we test them, these people could be at the forefront of tackling the virus,” Municipal commissioner of BMC, Praveen Pardeshi said. The BMC commissioner said that besides healthcare personnel, the municipal body would ensure most of its workers are tested.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that a mammoth congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat was to be held in Vasai in Palghar district near Mumbai on March 14-15 but the state government had withdrawn the permission. More than 50,000 people across the country were expected to attend the two-day religious meeting.

According to available information, a formal application reached at the office of Palghar Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Singh in this regard. He immediately consulted the Konkan range Special Inspector General of Police, Niket Kaushik. The permission was withdrawn on March 6 much before the coronavirus lockdown measures came into force.
It was almost a month ago when the COVID-19 issue was compounding into a big health scare in India. The Tablighi Jaamat was to be held at Diwanman in Vasai West and the permission was reportedly sought by Shamim Education and Welfare Society. “The permission was withdrawn as a precautionary measure,” Anil Deshmukh, the Maharashtra said.

The Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin Markaz has led to a sudden rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases across the country, with the total toll reaching 2,301 on Friday, including 2,088 active cases 156 cured, 56 deaths and 1 migrated case.
The Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi has emerged as a hotspot for COVID-19 after several positive cases across India were linked to the gathering, including deaths in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana.

There are 1062 people in Maharashtra who attended Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz, of which 890 have been traced. Of them, 4 persons are COVID19 positive, 2 each from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Ahmednagar. There are total 423 positive cases in state and 20 deaths, so far: State Health Department informed.