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No army being deployed in Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray rebukes rumours

Uddhav Thackeray said that the fresh cases were being reported every day in the red zones and restriction won’t be lifted keeping the same in mind. Earlier, the Chief Minister hinted that the lockdown in Mumbai and Pune may be extended till May 30.

No army being deployed in Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray rebukes rumours
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday rebuked the rumours of the army being deployed in Mumbai and said that the state didn’t require the help of military as citizens are soldiers themselves fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“Please don’t believe in Fake News and unverified information and be patient. The citizens of Maharashtra are the soldiers and we are fighting this together,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said during his address on social media. 

Uddhav Thackeray said that the fresh cases were being reported every day in the red zones and restriction won’t be lifted keeping the same in mind. Earlier, the Chief Minister hinted that the lockdown in Mumbai and Pune may be extended till May 30.

Saddened over the Aurangabad train accident, Uddhav Thackeray addressed the migrant workers and labourers saying that the state government stands with them. Over 5-6 lakh migrants have been accommodated in camps, the Chief Minister informed. 

Earlier today, Uddhav Thackeray announced ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh each to the families of deceased migrant workers who were mowed down by a goods train on Friday near Karmad station in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra.

At least 16 migrant workers on Friday morning were run over by a goods train between Jalna and Aurangabad. Five others escaped with injuries and were being treated in Aurangabad civil hospital. The state government was in talks with the centre to arrange more and more trains for the stranded migrant workers and labourers for their return, Uddhav Thackeray added. 

On Thursday, CM Uddhav Thackeray held an all-party meeting with the leaders from 18 political parties in the state to discuss the ways to stop the spread of the COVID-19. The meeting focused on finding solutions and measures which need to be implemented across several cities to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has assured that the coronavirus pandemic will be contained in the next 15 to 20 days in Mumbai and the city will witness a sharp decline in the cases. As of May 7, Maharashtra has reported nearly 18,000 cases until now. Of these, Mumbai alone has reported 11,394 COVID-19 cases. The death toll in the state has increased to 694. 

While expressing confidence that things could be better, Rajesh Tope said that the Maharashtra government has been taking the projections made by different agencies seriously but none of them has come true so far.

On Thursday, the Union government on Thursday sent a central team to Mumbai for the second time. It was led by Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

The Union health ministry officials including eight doctors visited Mumbai to assess the COVID-19 situation in Mumbai. All ward officers were present at the meeting with the central team which was also attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. 

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