Mumbai: A tea vendor, whose stall is, located near the private residence of the state Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Matoshree, in Mumbai, has tested positive for the COVID-19.
The civic administration has sealed the Kalanagri area near Matoshree after the incident. The development came as the Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Monday indicated that the lockdown was unlikely to be completely lifted from Maharashtra after April 14. The lockdown began at midnight on March 24 and is scheduled to end on April 14:
Tope said that no one should be under the impression of the complete lifting of lockdown from April 15 onwards. The situation between April 10 and 15 will be closely analysed before taking an appropriate decision on the lockdown, he further said.
In view of the new positive case of a tea vendor reported near Matoshree, over 100 people including officials and security personnel are likely to be replaced as a precautionary measure. As a precautionary measure, the BMC has sprayed disinfectants in the area. Besides, in its bid to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, the BMC has demarcated as many as 226 containment zones in the city.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh informed that over 1500 people had been arrested in the state for defying lockdown orders since April 24.