Coronavirus: Maharashtra warns will be 'harsh' against non-essential travel

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Photo: PTI
Maharashtra will take a "harsh decision" on shutting down train and buses if people don't stop non-essential travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday.

Public transport in Mumbai and government offices will continue, said Thackeray, according to news agency PTI. Government offices are working at 50 per cent strength and will not take any holidays for seven days.

As many as 40 people had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, including a patient who died, said Thackeray. The condition of 39 coronavirus positive patients is stable, while one is critical, he said. These patients include 26 men and 14 women.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 137 on Tuesday, while one more person died taking the death toll to three, according to Health Ministry.

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