The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra witnessed a sharp rise in the last 24 hours with state authorities reporting as many as 15 new cases, bringing the tally of positive cases to 89.
Out of these, 14 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Mumbai and 1 in Pune. Authorities also revealed that 8 of these 15 people, who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, are acquaintances of people who tested positive earlier. Apart from these, 4 of the recently discovered patients have a travel history to countries affected by Covid-19.
This development comes a day after a second person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Maharashtra died at a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday. At present, the Covid-19 death toll in India stands at 7 with two in Maharashtra, and one each in Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat and Bihar.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has invoked 144 in the state. He slapped relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to order the closure of all non-essential services and businesses. Western Railways has also decided to shun operations till March 31 in a bid to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.