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Government will disallow social events: Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

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MUMBAI :

No social events like the religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area would be organised in Maharashtra in view of the corona virus outbreak, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said here on Friday.

He also asked people to voluntarily observe home quarantine to protect their own families, instead of getting “hospital quarantined” adding those who defy the rules during the ongoing lockdown will have to go to jail, an official statement said.

Delhi’s Nizamuddin area has emerged as one of the hotspots for coronavirus outbreak since the gathering of Tablighi Jamaat was held there, prompting many states to launch a massive search for the attendees to check the spread of transmission.

Urging people to avoid gathering in big numbers to contain the spread of corona virus, Pawar said, taking cue from Delhis ‘markaz’ incident, no social events will be organised. Permission will not be granted for such events.

He also thanked the people for celebrating Ram Navmi in a low-key manner on Thursday. The state Finance Minister further said that there are only two options available to save oneself from corona virus- to observe home quarantine or get quarantined at a hospital.

“Instead of getting hospital quarantined due to the coronavirus infection, get home quarantined voluntarily to save youself and your family,” Pawar said, as he pressed for staying inside home during the ongoing lockdown, which will be in force till April 14.

He said the number of COVID-19 patients is increasing due to “irresponsible” behaviour of “some people”. People thronging vegetable markets in big numbers has the possibility of coronavirus reaching their doorsteps, he added.

There is adequate stock of food grains, edible oils, vegetables, medicines and fuel in the state, the NCP leader said, and appealed to people not to venture out in big numbers. The Minister said the government has taken “serious” note of some goons attacking police during the lockdown period.

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