Mumbai offices to shut down

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If you are traveling to Mumbai for a meeting, think again. 

All offices in Mumbai and a few other cities in Maharashtra will be closed till March 31 to fight the spread of the corona virus, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday.

Only essential services will operate in Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur, the Chief Minister said as the number of cases in Maharashtra climbed to 52.

He asked employers not to stop employee salaries. “Crises will come and go but don’t stop your humanity,” said Uddhav Thackeray. He also said stopping public transport would be the “last resort” if people did not stop crowding local trains and buses.

The Chief Minister said government offices would operate at 25% attendance in Mumbai.