As the coronavirus crisis continues to impact lives, the ceremony of “Bhoomi Pujan” for the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya can be conducted via a video conference, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Sunday. In an interview published in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray said “An e-bhoomi pujan can be done. The ground-breaking ceremony can be held through video-conference. This is an event of joy, and lakhs of people would be interested in attending the ceremony. Will we allow the spread of coronavirus?”
The coronavirus death toll in Mumbai surpassed the 6,000 mark on Saturday with 52 new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours taking the total toll to 6,033. With 1,090 new coronavirus cases the active number of infections rose to 23,071. Mumbai’s total caseload stands at 1,07,981, out of which 78,877 are recoveries.
Meanwhile yesterday Uddhav Thackeray said that he is not considering the “complete lifting” of Covid-19 lockdown in the state only to address the economic concerns as he highlighted the need to strike a balance between issues related to health and economy amidst the ongoing crisis.
Thackeray’s comments come after NCP chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar yesterday highlighted the importance of “economic revival” by resuming activities in Maharashtra’s industrial centres and said that the decision on extension of lockdown must be made after accessing the situation on ground.
A single-day surge of 9,251 COVID-19 cases pushed Maharashtra’s tally to 3,66,368 on Saturday. The death toll grew by 257 to stand at 13,389, said the Health department. A record 7,227 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 2,07,194. Maharashtra now has 1,45,785 active cases while a total of 18,36,920 people have been tested so far.