Maharashtra: No need to deploy army in Mumbai amid coronavirus lockdown

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : Maharashtra has failed miserably in containing the spread of coronavirus despite lockdown measures implemented. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday urged to the people of the state to remain indoors and follow the guidelines issued by the state and central government.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has crossed 19,000 mark on Friday with over 1,000 new cases reported on the day.

Addressing people online, CM Uddhav Thackeray refuted speculations that army has been called in to tackle the situation. He mentioned that the administration do need extra manpower and may seek it from central government if needed.

"This doesn't mean that Mumbai will be handed over to the army. Police personnel are tired after working round-the-clock, some have fallen sick and a few of them have succumbed to the virus. They need rest," Mr Thackeray said.

Talking over the extension of lockdown, he claimed that the decision totally depends on how the people of state will follow the instruction to control the situation.

"We have to come out of the lockdown one day or the other. We can't be living permanently like this. But to come out of this sooner, you need to follow rules and maintain discipline of social distancing and use face mask," Mr Thackeray said.