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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: State reports 5,363 new Covid cases, 115 deaths

Mumbai city reported 801 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 2,52,886, while its death toll rose to 10,165 of which 23 were reported on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2020 10:06:32 am
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Maharashtra’s coronavirus count on Tuesday increased to 16,54,028 with 5,363 new cases being reported. The state also recorded 115 deaths during the day, taking the death toll to 43,463. A total of 7,836 patients were discharged after treatment, taking the tally of recovered people to 14,78,496. With this, the number of active patients in the state stands at 1,31,544. Mumbai city reported 801 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 2,52,886, while its death toll rose to 10,165 of which 23 were reported on Tuesday.

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At least 105 drivers and conductors of the MSRTC’s Sangli division, who were deployed in BEST buses in Mumbai earlier this month, have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Sangli, an official said on Tuesday. “Out of these 400 staff members, 105 drivers and conductors have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. All these employees underwent the antigen test after they returned to the division on October 25,” the official from the MSRTC’s Sangli division said.

The Maharashtra government has brought down the rate for COVID-19 tests conducted at private laboratories by Rs 200, state health minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday. Tope, in a statement, said the new rates will be Rs 900, Rs 1400 and Rs 1800 per test, adding it was the fourth time rates had been revised from the original Rs 4,500.

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Leader of Opposition and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis continues to remain admitted in St George’s hospital for Covid-19 treatment.

Doctors from the hospital said Fadnavis had fever for a week before he got hospitalised. On October 24, he had high grade fever. After a Covid-19 test came positive, he sought admission in a government facility and St George’s was recommended by state officials.

On Monday, doctors from the hospital said Fadnavis is stable and his fever has subsided. “We plan to keep him under observation here for at least seven days. After that a seven-day home quarantine will be advised,” a doctor said.

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"While Rs 900 will be the cost that can be levied by pathological laboratories, charges for tests conducted through laboratories at COVID-19 centres, hospitals and quarantine centres will be Rs 1400. A rate of Rs 1,800 has been allowed for testing samples collected from homes," the statement quoted Tope as saying.

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The 480 new fatalities include 112 from Maharashtra, 60 from West Bengal, 33 from Delhi, 32 from Karnataka, 31 from Tamil Nadu, and 28 from Uttar Pradesh. A total of 1,19,014 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 43,264 from Maharashtra followed by 10,924 from Tamil Nadu, 10,905 from Karnataka, 6,882 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,587 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,487 from West Bengal, 6,258 from Delhi, 4,117 from Punjab, and 3,686 from Gujarat. (PTI)

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Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates: State records fewer than 6,000 new cases, lowest in last several weeks Rapid test being conducted inside a Honda two-wheeler servicing center in Chembur East on Monday. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Against the backdrop of former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis contracting COVID-19, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said they were telling him to take care and he will now realise that the situation outside is serious.

Raut’s remarks came in the wake of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray being recently targeted by the opposition for not moving out of his house during the pandemic. Talking to reporters here, Raut said Thackeray has given directives to ensure that Fadnavis, who is leader of opposition in the state Assembly, gets the best treatment.

“We were telling Devendra Fadnavis to take care. He will now realise that the situation outside is serious. The opposition was targeting the chief minister for not moving out,” Raut said, when asked if Thackeray’s annual Dusshera address on Sunday evening would target the BJP.

Meanwhile, the state government, which is providing Rs 50 lakh compensation to the families of police personnel who died due to Covid-19, has till October 21 approved payout of over Rs 103 crore to 205 families.

As per details obtained from the Home department, they received applications from 223 families, out of which 205 applications were approved for payout, five were rejected while 14 have been forwarded to the health department to get clarity on the cause of death. Of the 223 claims, while 80 were made by the Mumbai Police, the rest was from other parts of the state.