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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: 196 held from bar, pub for violating lockdown norms in Mumbai

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Highlights: There are 1,23,585 active cases in the state at present.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2020 10:59:27 am
Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates:PMPML staff sanitize the Bus stand at Deccan Gymkhana Bus Stand in Pune on Tuesday. (Express file photo by Ashish Kale)

Maharashtra Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra on Sunday reported 5,369 new coronavirus positive cases, which took the state’s infection tally to 16,83,775, the health department said. The death toll crossed the 44,000-mark as 113 patients succumbed to the infection. The fatality count now stands at 44,024, it said.

Out of the total number of cases during the day, 908 were reported in Mumbai, where 25 patients died. With this, the number of positive cases in the metropolis has reached 2,58,405 and fatalities 10,318. Pune district in Maharashtra reported 717 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the caseload to 3,24,294, a health official said. With 27 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the district reached 7,907, he added.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police arrested 196 people from a bar and a pub in suburban Andheri in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly violating the lockdown guidelines, a police official told PTI. Acting on information, the city police’s social service branch raided the bar and the pub located in Sakinaka area of Andheri.

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Maharashtra records over 5,500 new cases, 74 deaths in the last 24 hours; number of recoveries rise to to 15.10 lakh. Follow this space for the latest updates.

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11:48 (IST)02 Nov 2020
5,369 new cases in Maharashtra; death toll crosses 44,000-mark

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 5,369 new coronavirus positive cases, which took the state's infection tally to 16,83,775, the health department said. The death toll crossed the 44,000-mark as 113 patients succumbed to the infection. The fatality count now stands at 44,024, it said. A total of 3,726 patients recovered during the day. With this, the number of active cases came down to 1,25,109, the department said in a statement. The recovery count in the state has reached 15,14,079, it said.

10:16 (IST)02 Nov 2020
717 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, 27 die

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 717 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the caseload to 3,24,294, a health official said. With 27 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the district reached 7,907, he added. Of the 717 cases, 377 were detected in areas within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, which has recorded 1,61,711 cases so far, he said. "However, 240 patients were discharged from city hospitals," the official said. With 143 new cases, the tally in Pimpri Chinchwad industrial township rose to 87,883, he said. (PTI)

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19:17 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Maharashtra: 196 held from bar, pub for lockdown norms violation in Mumbai

Mumbai Police arrested 196 people from a bar and a pub in suburban Andheri in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly violating the lockdown guidelines, a police official told PTI. Acting on an information, the city police's social service branch raided the bar and the pub located in Sakinaka area of Andheri, he said. The police subsequently arrested 196 people, including 171 male and female customers, 19 workers, two owners of the facilities, three managers and a cashier, the official said. Restaurants and bars were allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity from October 5.

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13:38 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Caught without mask: BMC collects Rs 3.4 crore in fine

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected at least Rs 3.4 crore in fine from people caught not wearing masks in public places, officials said on Friday. To curb a post-festival spike in Covid-19 cases, the BMC has increased inspection drives in the city, with the violation attracting a penalty of Rs 200.

Between April 8 and October 29, the highest defaulters were found in ward L of the city, that covers areas such as Sakinaka and Kurla, at 10,929. It was followed by ward K west, which covers Andheri West and Juhu, at 8,890 defaulters. K west ward also has the second highest active Covid-19 cases in the city at 1,491, as of October 29. After threats of legal action were deemed inadequate, officials in the area had recently made 35 violators perform community service by cleaning up roads.

13:09 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Mumbai: GT hospital to reconvert into non-Covid facility

Doctors at Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) hospital have now started pushing the state government to consider converting GT hospital back into a non-Covid facility, as routine non-Covid procedures have been on hold since March.

The state medical education department gave its unofficial nod to start non-Covid procedures at the hospital, but the process may still take a few more days.

The city is witnessing a gradual decline in active Covid-19 caseload with around 1,000 to 1,200 new cases daily and 100 to 150 hospital admissions.

Officials of the Pune Cantonment Board and Pune Police penalise people roaming without masks inside Market Yard on Tuesday. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)

Starting Sunday, the Central Railway and the Western Railway will run an additional 610 local services in Mumbai, increasing daily services from 1,410 to 2,020. The announcement comes two days after the Maharashtra government wrote to the general managers of CR and WR proposing that the general public be allowed to travel by Mumbai local trains during non-peak hours.

The additional services that will ply Sunday onwards are still restricted only for essential service workers, and at specified hours of the day, women commuters. A decision about opening the local train services — closed to the public at large — for all is expected on Monday, railway officials said.

The move comes as the government has included more categories of workers in essential services, and opened up the trains for women commuters, leading to crowding in the limited number of local services.