Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday sought peoples’ cooperation for the ongoing ‘war against virus’ that has created a global medical havoc since the past couple of months.
Addressing the people of the state, Thackeray assured that the state and Centre are “fully geared” for what he termed as ‘a world war’ that has been waged against coronavirus.
“Like in the days of the (1971) India-Pakistan War, the siren has been sounded. We all have to be alert and fight this global war. This virus is spreading step-by-step and Maharashtra has the highest number of affected,” Thackeray said.
He reiterated his impassioned plea to the 1.70 crore people of Mumbai to reduce the crowds in public and avoid ‘social contacts’.
“There is some improvement. But more needs to be done. Please try to remain indoors as far as possible, avoid all unnecessary commutes/travels and exercise precautions at all times. Work from home as far as possible. Those with the ‘quarantine stamps’ must not step out,” Thackeray urged.
The Chief Minister’s address came hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled address to the nation tonight at 8 p.m.