Coronavirus Update: On Tuesday, Rajesh Tope who is the Health Minister of Maharashtra said that the Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray will take a critical step on suspending the lifeline of Mumbai city – the local train services – for a few days as a measure of “social distancing” to contain and stop the spread of novel Coronavirus.
This matter will be discussed in the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday as the Maharashtra government is firm that the COVID-19 should not be allowed to reach Phase III from Phase II at any cost.
Besides the local trains, the decision can also include the Mumbai Metro, Monorail, and other public transportation services which have the potential to virtually make India’s Financial capital paralysed.
Mr Tope was quoted by a leading news agency saying, “There are options – like fumigating all train coaches, limiting the number of commuters to the seats available in each bogey to avoid crowding – being considered other than completely stopping the local train services,”.
Currently, there have been 38 cases reported of Coronavirus from Maharashtra, which is the highest in India. Moreover, 1 death was also reported of a 63 year old man who had a travel history to Dubai.
Additionally, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has asked all of its party’s MPs (Members of Parliament) to visit their respective constituencies and engender awareness among the people about the COVID-19, besides, informing them about the steps that the government is taking to contain the deadly infection.
Expressing his views, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that if the doctors, media, and the employees deployed at various sites like airports, railway stations can play their roles in an “excellent way”, then the MPs have to do it too, at the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Party meeting at the Parliament premises.