HYDERABAD: Amid a compounding threat of Covid-19, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday advised people to use clean handkerchiefs instead of face masks while assuring all that all necessary preparations were in place for any situation.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope told the Maharashtra Legislature that the state is fully geared to tackle any crisis arising out of coronavirus, and there has not been a single positive case reported in the state so far.
“There is no need for any panic. Worldwide, the incidence of deaths is around 2.5-3 percent of those who are infected,” he told the Assembly during a short discussion on the subject. Tope added that the government is taking all possible measures including setting up quarantine/isolation wards with 10 beds in five hospitals in Mumbai and the authorities are in constant touch with the Central government on the issue. These include Kasturba, Rajawadi, Kurla, Bandra and Jogeshwari civic-run hospitals in Mumbai and 10-bed quarantine wards at all district hospitals. (IANS)