Coronavirus: Maharashtra government begins stamping people in home quarantine

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People undergoing home quarantine for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus will be stamped on the left hand, the Maharashtra government said on Monday. Reports inform that the wife of the deceased is also a COVID-19 positive patient under treatment and her condition is described as "stable".

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take a crucial decision on suspending Mumbai's lifeline, the local train services, for a few days, as one of the measures of "social distancing" to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Tuesday. India is already putting people who have arrived from coronavirus-affected regions under home quarantine. Maharashtra's health ministry has so far confirmed 32 coronavirus cases in the state - the highest in India. The state government reported 39 active cases, making it the worst-hit state in India.

"This will help other people identify them if they break home quarantine and mix among the public during their home isolation period", he said as quoted by IANS.

While talking to the media, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray informed that there is no holiday for the government employees but the offices will function with 50 per cent attendance.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra State Election Commission (MSEC) on Tuesday postpone all the upcoming local bodies elections including the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) polls.

There should be no crowding at religious sites in view of the novel coronavirus threat, though worship there may continue, he said. Additionally, over 600 people have also been advised to self-quarantine at home.

Thackeray said that as per the blanket ban, no permission would be given to any organisation, political party or event management companies for holding any programme/events where crowds would gather. He also appealed to religious leaders of various faiths and elected representatives to use their "influence" and create awareness among the people to comply with the government norms.

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