"Coronavirus sees no religion": Uddhav Thackeray warns those spreading communal messages

Speaking on the possible lockdown extension during his address, Uddhav Thackeray informed that the lifting of lockdown depends upon people obeying the guidelines issued by the government amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"Coronavirus sees no religion": Uddhav Thackeray warns those spreading communal messages
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As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Maharastra have soared up to 537, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday warned of strict action against those spreading communal messages and “wrong messages” regarding the coronavirus outbreak on social media. 

“The coronavirus sees no religion. I am warning those who are using social media platforms to upload videos, even for fun, while spreading wrong messages among people. Like COVID-19 virus, there is a communal virus too,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said during his Facebook Live.

Uddhav Thackeray’s remarks come amid reports of several such videos doing rounds on Whatsapp, TikTok and other social media platforms. Meanwhile, due to the Tablighi Jamaat ‘incident’ in Delhi’s Nizamuddin which created huge outraged in the mainstream media, some people are blaming the whole Muslim community. 

Speaking on the same, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray informed that the state government earlier refused permissions to allow the Tablighi Jamaat to hold a similar event in Mumbai. The group was allowed to hold the event but was denied permission in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Thackeray said. 

“All those from Maharashtra who had visited Delhi for the Tablighi Jamaat congregation have been contacted and put in isolation facilities,” Uddhav Thackeray said while appealing those who remained to come forward and get tested. 

Speaking on the possible lockdown extension during his address, Uddhav Thackeray informed that the lifting of lockdown depends upon people obeying the guidelines issued by the government amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier hinted that the lockdown may be lifted in stages after Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray suggested the same in a video conference. The PM had imposed a 21-days nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which will end on April 14. 

The Chief Minister further reiterated that no permissions will be granted to hold religious gatherings or sporting events in Maharashtra till further notice. This is being done to control the crowd menace amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

In Maharashtra, the number of positive COVID-19 cases have risen to 537 with 47 fresh cases reported in the state. Of the 47 cases, 28 have been reported in Mumbai followed by 15 in Thane district, 1 in Amravati, 2 in Pune and 1 in Pimpri Chinchwad. 

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