May 8, 2020, 2:16 AM
NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe

As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has asserted that putting people from hotspots into quarantine facilities proved to be correct strategy in Nagpur’s fight against COVID-19. Mundhe’s statement comes after 44 people tested positive for coronavirus in a single day (May 6).

Mundhe wrote on Twitter, “44 new cases in NMC today! Except 1 all were in institutional quarantine. The quarantine was vehemently opposed by almost everyone & we got brick bats & abuses but it’s proven to be a correct strategy preventing spread to 1000s helping break the #COVID19 chain.”

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For the uninitiated, after the 1,408 residents of Satranjipura were quarantined by NMC, a PIL was filed against NMC calling the move ‘illegal.’ The residents were quarantined after a man from Satranjipura, who tested positive for COVID-19, turned out to be the source of virus for over 100 affected people.

Mundhe’s decisions for fighting COVID-19 have been vehemently opposed by people from various walks of life. After NMC issued directives on April 23 to 12 private hospitals to be ready for treating COVID-19 patients, Dhantoli residents association approached high court against this order. Recently, when Mundhe extended total lockdown in Nagpur in spite of MHA guidelines for allowing some relaxations, five lawyers moved HC against the decision.

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