The situation of Wuhan coronavirus in the state of Maharashtra continues to be a major concern for the country as the state administration has completely bungled in the handling of the public health emergency. In a video that has now gone viral on social media, Om Prakash Shete, Head of Chief Minister Medical assistance cell, can be seen crying seeing the plight of the people of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in India with cases continuing to rise exponentially. Commenting on the worsening situation of the virus, Omkar Shete, Head of Chief Minister Medical assistance cell, said, “I feel very bad, cannot sleep at times. A temple built once upon a time has now fallen.”
Shete added, “The common man is unable to save himself. The discretionary power lies with the CM, it is up to him how he uses it but now people are suffering which is in front of you.”
Shete who was earlier the former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to ex-CM Devendra Fadnavis, broke down profusely while saying, “We have served 17 lakh people, now people are dying. Every day 600 people die. I feel exhausted after replying to people. I don’t have any hopes left hence I have gone to court, that is my last hope. If the common man cannot be saved then…(he sobs) feel bad for them. Many people are dying, why they are dying. It is my request to the court, to remove this technical error.”
Maharashtra is fast becoming the epicentre of the Wuhan coronavirus with CM Uddhav Thackeray refusing to move out from Matoshree and assess the situation at the ground level. While Devendra Fadnavis has travelled the length and breadth of Maharashtra to assess the situation, CM Uddhav is sitting comfortably in Matoshree. He even tried to brazen his refusal to move out during his latest address to the state by claiming that he is assessing the situation through the medium of Video Conferencing.
Recently, the Bombay High Court raised its concerns over Maharashtra’s condition. Chief Justice Datta said, “Every day we are reading about the rise in numbers. It is alarming. We get so many messages saying that the situation in the state is bad.”
Reacting to Shete’s concerns, Chief Justice Datta said, “He claims that the system in the state is collapsing. That people are not getting treatment and are dying. If this is true then something needs to be done.”
Maharashtra has recorded a whopping 12,63,799 cases of the virus with 33,886 deaths. Mumbai and Pune are firmly in the grasp of the Wuhan coronavirus as on Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 21,029 new cases which formed 24% of the new infections reported in the country. The state also reported that 479 people succumbed to the virus in Maharashtra which was accounts for 42% of the total (1,129) deaths reported in India on Wednesday.