Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thakeray has made a controversial statement on the Tablighi Jamaat episode in Delhi after which COVID-19 cases in the country have exploded saying that these people should be shot at questioning why are they being treated as religion seems to be more important for them than the nation. Raj Thackeray further said that people belonging to the jamaat, who have attacked police personnel, should be beaten in public to set an example that they won't be spared. India has witnessed a steep rise in the coronavirus confirmed cases across states after close to 2,000 people belonging to the Tablighi Jamaat had gathered at Delhi's Nizamuddin West.
Lashing out at Tablighi Jamaat after Delhi's Nizamuddin West episode, Raj Thackeray said PM Modi must speak on this incident, what is happening in the country. These people are sticking their spit on currency notes, food. They should be beaten in public so that others must learn a lesson. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in the country where maximum cases of COVID-19 have surfaced as at present it has over 500 COVID-19 cases including 19 deaths.
Maharashtra confirmed cases jump to 537
With 47 fresh cases of deadly novel coronavirus reported on Saturday, Maharashtra's confirmed cases have now jumped to 537, according to the figures released by state's Health Ministry. At 307, positive coronavirus cases, Mumbai has emerged as coronavirus hotspot not just in Maharashtra but across the country. Most of the fresh cases in Maharashtra have surfaced from Mumbai i.e. 28 while 15 from Mumbai metropolitan region and Thane (excluding Mumbai), 2 in Pune and 1 each from Amravati and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Maharashtra has so far seen 26 deaths due to coronavirus disease while 50 people have managed to beat the virus. Mumbai, India's commercial capital, is followed by Pune with 70 coronavirus positive cases so far. Mumbai also leads the death count in Maharashtra with 19 people losing their fight against COVID-19. In total, around 17 Maharashtra districts have so far been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.