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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: MHA announces Unlock 4.0 guidelines, allows metro trains, political gatherings

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: The Coronavirus case tally in Maharashtra has risen to 7,64,281 with record 16,867 new cases while the  death toll reached 24,103 with 328 fatalities.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Thane | Updated: August 30, 2020 9:55:55 am
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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued the Unlock 4 guidelines under which metro trains, suspended since March 22 in wake of the coronavirus outbreak, will be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner. Apart from the resumption of Metro services, public gatherings including social, academic, sports, entertainment, political, cultural and religious, will be permitted from September 21 with a ceiling of 100 persons.

Announcing the guidelines, the MHA said that the state governments should not impose any local lockdown outside containment zones without consulting with central government.

On Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked gym owners to frame standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enlist the measures they would take to prevent the spread of coronavirus if their establishments are allowed to operate. He added that based on the submission of the SOPs, a decision on restarting gyms in the state would be taken.

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, on other hand, said that religious places in Maharashtra should be opened as in other states. If liquor shops and malls can reopen with relaxation of lockdown, why should religious places should remain closed, he said.

The Coronavirus case tally in Maharashtra has risen to 7,64,281 with record 16,867 new cases while the  death toll reached 24,103 with 328 fatalities, the state health ministry report said.

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21:30 (IST)29 Aug 2020
States, UTs can permit 50% teaching staff for online teaching
 

MHA also said states and UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time at a time for online teaching and counselling and related work.

21:30 (IST)29 Aug 2020
States, UTs can permit 50% teaching staff for online teaching
 

MHA also said states and UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time at a time for online teaching and counselling and related work.

21:25 (IST)29 Aug 2020
No local lockdowns outside containment zones without consulting Centre, MHA tells states

According to fresh guidelines, states and union territories will be barred from imposing local lockdowns outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central government. No restriction shall be imposed on inter and intra-state movement of persons and goods, and no separate permission, approval or e-permit shall be required for such movements, the MHA reiterated in its guidelines.

21:24 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Unlock 4.0: MHA announced reopening of Metro trains

 The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued the Unlock 4 guidelines under which metro trains, suspended since March 22 in wake of the coronavirus outbreak, will be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner, while public congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted from September 21. While the fresh guidelines focuses on reopening activities, lockdown in containment zones shall continue till September 30.

20:16 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Tokyo professor sends books to village kids learning Japanese

Students of a Zilla Parishad-run school in a remote village of Maharashtra's Aurangabad district, who have been learning Japanese language, have received help straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. A professor based in Tokyo has sent several sets of books to help these students learn Japanese in a better way. Gadiwat village, located around 25 kms from Aurangabad city, came into focus after students from the local ZP-run school started learning Japanese through a social media platform and speaking that foreign language.

20:15 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Maharashtra Covid-19 infections: 16,867 new cases, 328 deaths reported

Coronavirus case tally in Maharashtra rises to 7,64,281 with record 16,867 new cases, death toll reaches 24,103 with 328 fatalities, the state health ministry report said. 

14:14 (IST)29 Aug 2020


The BJP protests outside Siddhivinayak Temple at Dadar in Mumbai.

13:46 (IST)29 Aug 2020
BJP stages protests for reopening of temples in Maharashtra

Several BJP activists today staged protests outside temples in Maharashtra's Thane and Palghar districts and Pune city demanding the reopening of places of worship, PTI reported. BJP MLAs, legislators, corporators and office-bearers led the protests in all cities of Thane and Palghar districts, with activists resorting to 'ghanta naad' (ringing of bells) and banging of plates outside temples. BJP MLAs Sanjay Kelkar, Ravindra Chavan, Ganpat Gaikwad, Thane city president and MLC Niranjan Davkhare were among those who led the protests.

12:55 (IST)29 Aug 2020
3,611 new Covid cases in Pune district, 64 dead

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 3,611 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, which took its overall count to 1,60,455, a health official said on Friday. The district's death toll due to the pandemic reached 3,937 with 64 succumbing to the infection during the day, he added. "Of the 3,611 cases, 1,781 were from areas within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, which now has 90,871 patients," he said. As many as 1,578 patients were discharged from hospitals on the day. With 1,006 cases in neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad township, the Covid-19 count there stands at 46,516 now.

12:01 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Co-morbid patients account for 72% deaths, 25% positive Covid cases: PMC

Even as the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) struggles to reduce the mortality rate due to Covid-19, civic data indicates that around 25 per cent infected patients and 72 per cent of those who died are co-morbid, which has made the civic administration focus harder on this category. The PMC has identified 3,085 co-morbid Covid-19 patients through door-to-door screening in the last two months. “A total of 3,57,270 co-morbid patients were screened from July 7 to August 26 by 1,420 civic staff. As many as 9,299 were referred for Covid-19 test, of which 3,085 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Rubal Agarwal. The civic staff has been screening people aged above 60, people suffering from co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma or other illness, and pregnant women. The team identifies a suspected case by noting down temperature measured by a thermal gun, oxygen saturation level through pulse oximeter, and symptoms of viral infection such as high body temperature, cough, cold, and breathlessness.

11:29 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Mumbai: Shias observe a muted Muharram at home

A far cry from the bustling crowds dressed in black and mounted screens on the streets playing sermons, Dongri – a major Shia pocket in the city – is observing a largely sombre Muharram this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlike public gatherings and sermons that usually mark the 10-day period, several people of the Shia community are performing majlis (sermons), matam (beating of the chest) and nauhas (elegies about Karbala) at their own houses this year. Several families also kept their individual taboots (replica of a tomb) at their houses as against at a common place where all used to earlier congregate.

11:12 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Juggling the Covid battle, Pune circus takes its magic online

Rambo Circus has opened its colourful tent to the outside world. Without leaving your home, you can watch acrobats perform mind-boggling stunts, trapeze artistes flying overhead, clowns, jugglers, contortionists and giants on stilts. Rambo, one of India’s biggest and oldest circuses, is fighting back the Covid-19 pandemic by taking an hour-long show – “Life is a circus – An Ode to the Greatest Showmanship” – online. It is, possibly, the first circus in India to do so. Tickets went on sale on Friday on BookMyShow and streaming will begin September 25. “The circus was one of the favourite outings for children and the entire families a few decades ago. Children, especially those born in the 1980s and 1990s, will have fond memories of going to the circus. With isolation becoming the new norm, we are trying to reinvent the experience of watching a circus online for a new generation of children and adults,” said Sujit Dilip, owner of Rambo Circus. Click here to read more.

10:43 (IST)29 Aug 2020
HC nod to Muharram procession on Aug 30 in south Mumbai with only five persons

In a limited relief to All India Idara Tahfaz e Hussainiyat, a religious organisation in south Mumbai representing a section of the Shia community, the Bombay High Court on Friday permitted it to hold a Muharram procession consisting of not more than five persons on Sunday. The court allowed the organisation to take out the Tazia, a replica of the mausoleum of Imam Hussain, by truck only from Bhendi Bazaar to the graveyard in Mazgaon. The five persons can carry the Tazia on foot while covering the last 100 m towards the graveyard. The court asked the organisation to give an undertaking to adhere to other guidelines laid down by the state for the same, failing which action would be initiated against them as per law.

10:24 (IST)29 Aug 2020
94 persons booked for Ganpati immersion processions in Palghar

Offences have been registered against 94 persons for allegedly violating the prohibitory orders by carrying out processions for immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra's Palghar district, an official told PTI on Friday. At least seven offences were registered against 94 persons at Vasai, Arnala and Valiv police stations of the district on Thursday, Palghar police PRO Sachin Navadkar said. As per an order issued by the district collector, processions and gathering of five or more persons has been prohibited, he said.

10:14 (IST)29 Aug 2020
We respect SC verdict on final year exams, says Yuva Sena

The Yuva Sena on Friday said it respects theSupreme Court's decision regarding holding the final year universityexaminations and said that it had approached theapex courtfor the health and well-being of students. Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, is one of the petitioners in the apex court and has questioned the UGC's directive to hold examinations amid the coronavirus pandemic. "TheSC has reiterated that it is upto the respective state governments to decide on when and how to hold examinations, not at the insistence of the September 30 deadline of the UGC," Yuva Sena secretary Varun Sardesai said.

09:54 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Since March, Mumbai saw 60% decline in immunisation, 92% in cataract surgery

While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected health services in other parts of the state as well, the impact on Mumbai is far greater, showed a five-month comparative analysis of data accessed from the BMC and the state public health department between March and July in 2019 and 2020. Immunisation from March to July this year fell by 60 per cent in Mumbai when compared to last year. The dip is almost double than the state’s fall in numbers. Over the same period, cataract surgeries fell by 92.8 per cent. In April, May and June, when Covid-19 cases surged, the hospitals did not record any cataract and male sterilisation procedures. There was a 70.3 per cent decline in male and female sterilisation in the city, against 65 per cent in the state, as elective procedures came to a standstill.

09:30 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Uddhav seeks SOPs for decision on restarting gyms in state

Ahead of Unlock 4.0, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday asked gym owners to frame standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enlist the measures they would take to prevent the spread of coronavirus if their establishments are allowed to operate. He added that based on the submission of the SOPs, a decision on restarting gyms in the state would be taken. Gyms, swimming pools, malls, theatres and educational institutions have been shut since mid-March after the coronavirus cases were reported in the state.

09:28 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Religious places in Maharashtra should be reopened: Fadnavis

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that religious places in Maharashtra should be opened as in other states. If liquor shops and malls can reopen with relaxation of lockdown, why should religious places should remain closed, the former chief minister said. "We expect religious places will be opened for the public in Maharashtra as has been done by all other states in the country," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. People are aware of the danger of coronavirus and will take all the precautions even if religious places are reopened, Fadnavis added.

22:06 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Nashik records 958 fresh COVID-19 cases; tally reaches 34,046

As many as 958 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Nashik district in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload here to 34,046, an official said. With the death of five COVID-19 patients on Friday, the toll in the region stood at 839, the official said. Of the latest casualties, two were reported from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits, while three were from other parts of the district. At least 741 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recoveries in the district to 27,337. (PTI)

20:51 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Maharashtra reports 14,361 new cases, 331 deaths

Maharashtra on Friday reported 14,361 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 7,47,995, a state health official said. The death toll due to the virus reached 23,775 as the state reported 331 fatalities during the day, he said. Out of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state, 1,80,718 are active ones. As many as 11,607 people were discharged after recovery, taking the count of such patients to 5,43,170. So far, 39,32,522 tests have been carried out in the state. (PTI)

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus LIVE news Updates

The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra is set for another confrontation with the Centre over delayed clearance of outstanding Goods and Service Tax (GST) payments.

While the Centre on Thursday offered to open a special window to states in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for helping them raise loans at a “reasonable rate of interest” for bridging the GST compensation gap, the state government on Thursday said that the Centre should itself borrow from the apex bank and pass it on to states to help them avoid a debt trap. It also demanded that the period of payment for compensation cess be extended by another five years.

At the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, Maharashtra’s economy – which makes up for nearly 14 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product – has suffered massive losses due to the prolonged lockdown.

Meanwhile, as Maharashtra focuses its health resources on Covid-19, other major health programmes continue to be hit, five months since the pandemic hit the state.

Data from the Public Health department accessed by The Indian Express shows that between March and July this year, cataract procedures fell by 80 per cent, male and female sterilisation by 65 per cent, immunisation by 30 per cent, institutional deliveries by 26 per cent and neonatal intensive care admissions by 26 per cent from the numbers for these procedures in the same period in 2019.

The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 9 in Maharashtra, subsequently lockdown began in phase wise manner from mid-March, and government hospitals were converted into Covid facilities by March end. Till August 27, state had over seven lakh coronavirus cases and 23,000 deaths.

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