Mr. Thackeray appealed to doctors in private practice to step up and aid the government’s efforts: “I am requesting AYUSH, homoeopathy and all other doctors to join us. We have a medical task force to support us now." he said.
He also said that many frontline workers in the state - healthcare professionals, police - have been working non-stop and are now testing positive for the infection. “They deserve some relief as well. So I have requested the Centre to extend their support to reduce the pressure on the state resources, in phases, by providing additional manpower. This does not mean that we want the army here. This is just to ensure the police forces have some respite."
Mismanagement at hospitals will not be tolerated, he said while referring to video showing patients at Mumbai hospital being treated next to dead bodies.
748 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Mumbai on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the city to to 11,967, said Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai.