Third Coronavirus patient death in Mumbai, positive cases rise to 89 in Maharashtra including 28 in Pune district

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Pune/Pimpri, March 23, 2020: A 68-year-old man, who had returned from the Philippines and found Coronavirus positive, died at a private hospital in Mumbai today.

He became the third person in Maharashtra and Mumbai, to have succumbed to Coronavirus. Officials said that he also suffered from diabetes.

In the last 24 hours, 15 new COVID19 positive cases were detected in Maharashtra including 14 in Mumbai and one in Pune. Eight out of these new cases, had contacts of earlier positive cases while four has travel history to affected countries. The details of other patients are ascertained.


The 89 cases include 16 in Pune, 12 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, 38 in Mumbai, four each in Nagpur, Yavatmal, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai, two in Ahmednagar, one each in Panvel, Thane, Aurangabad, Ulhasnagar and Ratnagiri.


To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in all the urban areas of Maharashtra including Pune City and Pimpri Chinchwad from today March 23 till March 31. Section 144 which prohibits the gathering of more than four persons.

The voluntary ‘Janta Curfew’ was from 7 am to 9 pm yesterday followed by the curfew imposed by police till 5 am on March 23.

Pune City Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham tweeted, “Lockdown till 31st March. Stay home pl. Move out of the house only in case of an emergency like groceries, pharmacy, milk, vegetables, chicken in neighbourhood etc..Let us break the chain of Corona.”

As the number of Coronavirus patients reached 75 in the state, Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray yesterday ordered Maharashtra lockdown from Sunday midnight till March 31.

Pune police Jt CP Ravindra Shisve and Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Sandeep Bishnoi issued 144 orders for their respective jurisdictions. Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram issued an order for Pune rural areas.

Now there will be no trains, buses (except city buses for essential services). Only offices, shops engaged in essential services like milk, vegetable, Kirana, medicine, will remain open. Banks and share market will also function. Only five percent of government staffs are working.

Also online food delivery, e-commerce (like Amazon, Flipkart, Big Basket etc) are allowed to operate. All pre-decided wedding but with only 25 guests. Also, there should not be many people during cremation.