The state government on Wednesday allowed Cinema halls to reopen outside containment zones from November 5. In an order issued today, it said cinema halls, drama theatres, multiplexes, swimming pools and yoga institutes will be allowed to function outside containment zones. Cinema halls, multiplexes and drama theaters will be allowed to operate with 50 percent of seating capacity and no eatables will be allowed inside.
At least 46 more drivers and conductors of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s (MSRTC) Sangli division, deployed to operate civic BEST buses in Mumbai, have tested positive for coronavirus. With this, the number of drivers and conductors from MSRTC Sangli division who contracted the virus after working in Mumbai has reached 151, a senior MSRTC official said. Last week, 105 drivers and conductors from Sangli division who were operating BEST buses in Mumbai had tested positive.
The state’s COVID-19 tally on Tuesday increased to 16,92,693 with the addition of 4,909 new cases, said a state health department official. The state also reported 120 fresh deaths, pushing the fatality count to 44,248, he said. A total of 6,973 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of recovered people to 15,31,277, the official said. With this, the number of active patients in the state has dropped to 1,16,543.
Meanwhile, state health minister Rajesh Tope said a second wave of infections was unlikely but the state is ready to tackle in case such a situation arises, PTI reported. Tope said testing in Maharashtra had increased while the civic body in Mumbai was providing free tests at 44 places. The minister added that a decision on opening places of worship would be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the appropriate time.