Coronavirus: Four new cases in Maharashtra, patient count rises to 371 min read . Updated: 16 Mar 2020, 01:12 PM IST
- Maharashtra has the highest number of positive cases in India
- The state has invoked the Epidemics Disease Act, 1897
MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Monday confirmed four new coronavirus cases. With this -- three cases in Mumbai and one in Navi Mumbai -- the state's tally rose to 37.
Maharashtra now has the highest number of positive cases in India.
The state health ministry spokesperson, who announced the fresh cases, did not give further details on the new patients, such as travel history.
On Sunday, the state government requested its citizens to co-operate, maintain hygiene and be rest assured that measures are being taken for their health and safety.
"We want to tell the public that these measures are being taken for their own health and safety. We appeal for your cooperation. Social distancing must be maintained (to reduce infections). We request you to maintain respiratory etiquette and personal hygiene, especially with regard hand washing," said Rajesh Tope, state health minister, addressing a press conference in Mumbai.
The state has invoked the Epidemics Disease Act, 1897 which gives state collectors and commissioners to establish testing and quarantine in private hospitals if required. No public gatherings will be allowed and the government can compulsorily quarantine patients. The government will act against anybody found to be spreading misinformation regarding Covid 19.
India is witnessing a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases. With the latest case reported from Maharashtra, the total number of coronavirus patients in India now stands at 116.