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Update Maharashtra coronavirus cases see 'BIG' rise, total now at 63

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday said the state has witnessed a "big rise" in the number of coronavirus positive patients with the addition of 11 such cases, and appealed to the people to avoid using public transport to contain the spread. Talking to reporters, Tope said the number of coronavirus positive patients in the state has increased to 63 with 11 new cases.

"Of the 11, eight have travel history abroad and three came in contact with the affected persons," he said, adding that 10 cases are in Mumbai, while one is in Pune. "A rise from 52 to 63 is big," he said. Of the total number of patients, 13 to 14 patients are those who came in contact with the positive patients.

"Rest all are import cases," he said."The spread has been largely because of people who came from outside,' he said. "I appeal to the people not to venture out. They should exercise self discipline by maintaining social
distancing and hygiene," he said.

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