Fadnavis expresses concern over hike in COVID-19 cases, writes letter to CM

CM Uddhav Thackeray & Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai : The former chief minister and Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday again wrote a letter to the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to ramp up COVID testing in Mumbai.

Expressing his concern over the growing positive cases of coronavirus, the senior BJP leader said, despite urging the government only 14 per cent more testing was done in the month of August as compared to July in Mumbai. Fadnavis in his letter to Thackeray has also said that in Mumbai 6,574 COVID-19 tests were done in July which increased by a meagre 14 per cent i.e. 7,709 in August in the state capital, Mumbai. “If normalcy has to be restored in Mumbai, then there is no other option but to ramp up testing,” he pointed out.

The leader of the Opposition has penned more than 10 such letters over the last five months, asking Thackeray to up the number of tests to get the real picture of the spread of infection in Mumbai.

Fadnavis pointed out that Maharashtra contributes to nearly 21 per cent of the new coronavirus cases in the country and around 38 per cent of the Covid-19 mortalities. The average case positivity rate in Maharashtra is 18.44 per cent and 13.64 per cent in Mumbai, higher than the national average of 8.57 per cent.