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COVID-19 outbreak: Devendra Fadnavis visits Thane district, suggests government to ramp up testing

Fadnavis, former Maharashtra Chief Minister, was on a three-day visit to Thane district to take stock of the COVID-19 situation. He visited quarantine centres and met Vipin Sharma who has been appointed as the new Thane Municipal Commissioner (TMC).

COVID-19 outbreak: Devendra Fadnavis visits Thane district, suggests government to ramp up testing
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday visited Thane and surrounding areas and said that the COVID-19 situation was alarming. He called for better coordination among the government agencies and suggested to ramp up testing to evade from the crisis. 

Fadnavis, former Maharashtra Chief Minister, was on a three-day visit to Thane district to take stock of the COVID-19 situation. He visited quarantine centres and met Vipin Sharma who has been appointed as the new Thane Municipal Commissioner (TMC). 

While addressing a press conference, Fadnavis said that the infection was high in Panvel, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Mira Bhayandar while adding that the number of COVID-19 patients was increasing exponentially in these areas. 

“There is a need for increased testing and the reports must arrive within 24 hours. This should be done to start the treatment timely and beat the coronavirus. Mumbai and MMR account for 70 per cent of the patients in Maharashtra and the death toll is also higher in these areas,” Fadnavis said. 

The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra legislative assembly further said that the state government should focus on the shortage of health workers and healthcare infrastructure in these areas and should pay more attention to civic bodies here which are not financially stable. 

“Maharashtra ranks ninth in the country in testing per million. Less testing is the main reason for the increase in coronavirus cases in the state. The daily test count needs to be increased which will reveal the extent of the spread of COVID-19 and help tackle the crisis effectively,” he added. 

While speaking on the decision to reverse transfer of 10 DCP-rank IPS officers of Mumbai Police, Fadnavis accused the Uddhav Thackeray government of lack of coordination. 

He said that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh should have briefed the Chief Minister properly. The transfer order was reversed due to lack of coordination or confusion and it can be an error on the part of the home minister. 

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