Declare COVID-19 as national calamity: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to PM Modi

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the Union government to declare the coronavirus pandemic as a “national calamity.”

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters that Thackeray, during meetings of chief ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and through letters to the Centre, had asked to declare the COVID-19 crisis as a “national calamity”.

“Thackeray has been saying this for a month now and it is good that even the Supreme Court has taken note of it,” he said.

The top court on Tuesday termed the massive resurgence of coronavirus cases a “national crisis” and said it cannot remain a mute spectator at such a time.

“The Supreme Court and high courts are concerned and taking up the matter.┬áIt is good and this would be beneficial for the country,” Raut added.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 63,309 new cases of coronavirus, taking the state’s overall tally to 44,73,394, while 985 deaths pushed the toll to 67,214, as per the state health department.

India has recorded another 3,645 Covid-19 deaths, a new record for the country and a spike of over 350 from the previous day, according to health ministry data.

The country, which is experiencing a relentless new wave of infections, has now seen 204,832 deaths in total from the coronavirus pandemic.

Its number of infections rose by 379,257 in the last 24 hours.