Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday went into self-isolation after 18 officials at the Raj Bhavan test positive for the higly contagious coronavirus.

Following this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sealed the staff quarters and the Governor’s office, saying that Koshyari will also take the test for COVID-19 if required.

“After this, tests of around 100 staff members was undertaken by the Governor’s office on Saturday at the state-run JJ Hospital. Of the 100, around 14 have been tested positive,” Hindustan Times quoted BMC officials as saying.

“The governor’s residence as such cannot be sealed but we have sealed the staff quarters and the office of the Governor will be shut for eight days as staff members are in quarantine,” the officials added.

The officials, as reported by news agency IANS, said that the source of the infection is not clear but the civic health teams are engaged in taking various preventive measures at the Raj Bhavan complex in south Mumbai.

Coronavirus in Maharashtra:

Maharashtra is the worst affected state in India by the dreadful coronavirus. The highly contagious infection, which originated in China’s Wuhan, has affected more than 2.46 lakh and claimed the lives of over 10,000 in Maharashtra so far.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are more than 99,000 active coronavirus cases in Maharashtra while the recovery rate in the state stands at 55.54 per cent as over 1.36 lakh people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.  

Amid the alarming rise in coronavirus cases in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called for setting up local 'Corona Vigilance Committees' to combat the coronavirus crisis.

"The growing incidence of coronavirus in Thane district is worrying. The Municipal Commissioners must involve the citizens of their respective cities and towns, along with local NGOs. It will then be easier to control this scourge," Thackeray had said earlier.

"Likewise, the battle with corona is not just about the government. Set up Corona Vigilance Committees in every city, town, villages and hamlets, get the local people, youth and NGOs to join. Check the health of high-risk persons like senior citizens, their chronic ailments, their oxygen levels, hygiene, whether they wear masks and take other precautions," he noted.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma