COVID-19: Maharashtra starts stamping those in home quarantine as state records highest cases

As Maharashtra has witnessed the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India, the state government on Monday began marking all those who have been medically advised to self-quarantine with a stamp in indelible ink.

The step has taken in a bid to ensure they isolate themselves for 14 days. The ink is the same that is used to mark voters at elections.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday that the decision to mark those who have been advised home quarantine in this manner had been taken to install a sense of responsibility in them.

The decision has described as a precautionary measure after 36 cases of coronavirus were detected in the state.

Only those people are advised home quarantine who have a history of foreign travel, or contact with those with a history of foreign travel but have no symptoms of the virus.

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Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said 108 people had been quarantined in various hospitals and 621 have been advised home quarantine.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Tuesday reported first death due to coronavirus after a 64-year-old man passed away at Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital.

The total number of positive cases of coronavirus in the country has surged to 126 on Tuesday, including 13 people who have recovered and three who have died, according to the Ministry of Health.

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