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Uddhav Thackeray says Maharashtra leading India in COVID-19 tests, urges migrants to stay back

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday claimed that the state was leading the nation in conducting tests for COVID-19.

“Maharashtra is probably doing the highest number of tests. Mumbai has tested over 22,000 samples. At least 2334 positive cases reported till today morning. Out of that 230 people, around 10 per cent people have recovered,” Thackeray said.

The Maharashtra CM said that the state has 10 districts that have zero novel coronavirus positive cases. “We will maintain that and we will try that all districts are COVID-19 free as early as possible,” he said.

“Mumbai and Pune are hotspots and we are increasing our testing centres at these places. Containment zones are on the prime focus for testing and sampling. We are trying to remove all supply related problems even from containment zones,” he added.

“As I already said that Maharashtra will show the way to the country in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.

“We have sought permission from Centre for Convalescent Plasma (CP) therapy. As the prime minister has said that researchers and scientists should come forward, we have started this. If we get permission, we will find the remedy soon and show the way to the world,” the chief minister said.

He also thanked PM Modi for announcing an extension of lockdown.

“Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced that the lockdown will be extended till 3rd May. I thank Prime Minister for it, as I had suggested the same,” he said.

“After COVID-19 outbreak ends, we will have an equally serious challenge to revive the economy in the state. Therefore, we have formed committees that will prepare the plans for its revival,” Thackeray announced on Tuesday. NCP leader Ajit Pawar will lead the committee.

At the end of his recorded address in Marathi, CM Udhhav Thackeray appealed to migrant workers to stay back and not to try to go to their hometown or villages. “Why do you want to go? Stay here, we will take care of you. Please do not try to go back,” Uddhav Thackeray said.

The chief minister also took a jibe at BJP leader who claimed that the state government was to be blamed for the migrant crisis as he said that this was not a time to do politics. He urged all political parties to come together to solve the challenges being thrown up by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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