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With 16 new cases, Mumbai’s Covid-19 count climbs to 167

By Navjot Bains . 1st April 2020 05:16pm
With 16 new cases, Mumbai’s Covid-19 count climbs to 167

As many as 16 people tested positive for novel coronavirus on Wednesday in Mumbai, taking the total number of the cases to 167, a Health department official said. So far, eight people have succumbed to the infection in the metropolis.


“As many as 167 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai. Of them, 16 people have tested positive on Wednesday,” the official said.

He said the eighth death occurred on Tuesday night, but it was officially reported by the Health department on Wednesday.


The official added that out of the total 39 people who have been discharged after their recovery from coronavirus infection in Maharashtra, 14 are from Mumbai. Maharashtra has recorded 320 COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths so far

Thackeray had also declared a shutdown of public transport services -- Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), state transport and private buses. Mumbai Metro and Monorail also announced the closure of their services till the end of the month.


The staff in all the government offices was also reduced to 5% each day.


The numbers are still rising despite all the restrictions and are likely to further rise. Experts believe the state should increase its testing capacity and reach out to maximum people to contain the spread.


Anil Deshmukh, the state’s home minister, has warned people against spreading any rumour on April Fool’s Day on Wednesday.


“Tomorrow’s April 1st. The annual tradition making an ‘April Fool’ of people has already begun on WhatsApp & social media. The state govt won’t allow anyone to spread rumours/panic on #Corona. I’ve instructed @MahaCyber1 to act swiftly & strongly such miscreants,” Deshmukh tweeted.