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Mumbai: Doctor dies of Covid after saying goodbye on Facebook | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: A 51-year-old senior medical officer from Sewri TB hospital died of Covid-19 late on Monday, around 36 hours after posting her parting words on Facebook.
Dr Manisha Jadhav, fondly remembered for her efficient juggling of clinical and administrative roles, became the first doctor from the civic health setup to die of the infection. According to the Indian Medical Association, nearly 18,000 doctors have contracted Covid and 168 have died in the state since last March, but few have been adequately compensated.
On Sunday, Jadhav wrote a Facebook post from her ICU bed saying this could be her last greeting. “May be last Good Morning. I may not meet you here on this platform. Take care all. Body dies. Soul doesn’t. Soul is immortal,” she wrote.
No option but to impose strict lockdown: Minister
However, home delivery from these shops have been allowed from 7am to 8pm, and local bodies have been given the authority to change home delivery timings. These restrictions came into force from 8pm on Tuesday and will be in force till 7pm on May 1. Public health minister Rajesh Tope said there was no option but to impose a strict lockdown. Officials said guidelines for a lockdown are being drafted, and restrictions on timings for essential shops will continue. Attendance in government offices may be reduced, and a ban on inter-district travel is expected.
Officials said there were also suggestions regarding the shutting of public transport for the general public from some ministers, but that may not be feasible as many people step out for medical emergencies and even for vaccinations and rely on the use of public transport. A final call on this will be taken by Thackeray. Urban development minister Eknath Shinde said, “A demand for a complete and strict lockdown like last year’s was raised in the cabinet meeting, and the CM has agreed to it. Cases are going up rapidly and health infrastructure is proving inadequate. If strict steps are not taken, people will die on the streets without getting treatment.” He said with so many cases, Maharashtra was falling short of oxygen and was getting 300 MT from other states. “Even those states will stop giving us as cases are going up there as well,” Shinde added.
Housing minister Jintendra Awhad said, “Ministers pressured the CM to announce a lockdown. There is a Covid-19 death in every other house in the state, and if the situation doesn’t improve, Maharashtra will collapse.”
The data on the Covid spread in the state which was presented to the state cabinet reflected concerns raised by the ministers. The average weekly growth rate of cases in the state is 1.7%, but there are nearly 20 districts in the state that have a higher growth rate. Also, time taken for cases to double has dropped from 56 days as on March 31 to 40.5 days as on April 19. Tope said, “Imposing a strict lockdown is a must for the state. We will also be ramping up the supply of oxygen, increasing bed capacity and boosting supply for the anti-viral Remdesivir injections.” He said another decision taken in the state cabinet was that district collectors have been allowed to give orders to set up oxygen generators without having to wait for the tendering process. “Some cities like Thane and Kolhapur have already given orders to set up oxygen plants in their premises, and those can be taken into consideration in other districts as well,” he added.