The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it cannot permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The state said that the opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, would lead to an “imminent danger” of the spread of the virus, PTI reported.
With Maharashtra reporting 11,813 coronavirus infections and 413 deaths on Thursday, the total number of cases in the state rose to 5,60,126, and death toll soared to 19,063. At present, there are 1,49,798 active cases across Maharashtra and 3,90,958 recoveries so far.
Mumbai reported 1,132 new cases and 50 deaths during the day. The number of Covid-19 cases in the city thus rose to 1,26,356 and death toll to 6,943. The number of active cases in Mumbai is 19,047. Pune city reported 1,665 new cases along with 19 deaths. The total number of cases in Pune city is now 74,305 and death toll is 1,881, the official said. (Follow India Coronavirus Live Updates)
Meanwhile, desperate to find work after the five-month lockdown, in the face of dwindling savings and the inadequate financial support from the government, many migrant workers are returning to find work in the state, only to find they are worse off than before.