Mumbai : The senior NCP leader and the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar has tested negative in COVID-19 test and is now in home quarantine as a precautionary measure.
A senior NCP leader informed that the deputy chief minister was not feeling well and suffering from fever after his recent visit of rain-hit areas in Pune, Solapur and other parts of western Maharashtra. He took the coronavirus test, whose report was negative.
The deputy chief minister office sources informed that as a precautionary measure, Pawar is in home quarantine in Mumbai and will be attending official meetings, including those of the state cabinet, via video-conferencing for the next few days.
Earlier, several ministers of Uddhav Thackeray cabinet were infected corona positive. They include: Eknath Shinde, Varsha Gaikwad, Nitin Raut, Bacchu Kadu, Sunil Kedar, Hasan Mushrif, Jitendra Awhad, Ashok Chavan, Dhananjay Munde, Vishwajit Kadam and Aslam Shaikh.
Meanwhile, the state reported 8,142 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 16, 17,658. The state also saw 180 new deaths. With this, the death toll now stands at 42,633.
On the other hand, after allowing all women to travel in local trains, the Maharashtra government has allowed lawyers and registered clerks to travel in suburban local trains. The development comes three days after the state government informed Bombay High Court that it was in favour of allowing all lawyers to travel in local trains in Mumbai if they use the service for professional purposes only, and to not misuse the permission.