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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: 6,738 new cases; 8,430 recover, 91 die

In an indication that the spread of the virus is slowing down in Mumbai, the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases crossed 100 days in all 24 administrative wards of the city on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: October 29, 2020 10:28:00 am
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The number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra rose to 16,60,766 with the addition of 6,738 cases on Wednesday, a state health department official said. The fatality count in the state reached 43,554 after 91 persons died due to the infection, he said.

A total of 8,430 patients were discharged during the day, which took the tally of recovered persons to 14,86,926, the official said. With this, the number of active cases in the state stands at 1,29,746. Mumbai city reported 1,354 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 2,54,240, while its death toll rose to 10,196 with the addition of 31 latest fatalities.

The state has so far conducted 87,68,879 tests. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally is as follows: Positive cases: 16,60,766, new cases: 6,738, death toll: 43,554, discharged: 14,86,926, active cases: 1,29,746, people tested so far: 87,68,879.

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Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates: State tally 16.52 lakh; Mumbai Covid-19 doubling rate crosses 100 days in all wards; Pune reports 3.20 lakh cases. Read latest news and updates below

22:18 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Nagpur's COVID-19 count goes up by 342; 12 more die

As many as 342 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while 458 recovered from the infection in Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Wednesday, an official said. With the latest infections, the district's COVID-19 tally has reached 94,575, of which 86,751 persons have recovered from the disease so far, the official said.

Apart from this, 12 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the infection during the day, taking the toll to 3,097, he said. Of the total deaths in the district, 2,131 casualties were from Nagpur city and 966 were from rural areas and out of the district, he said. There are currently 4,727 active cases in the district, he added.

20:35 (IST)28 Oct 2020
11 COVID-19 care centres shut in Latur as cases decline

Considering the decline in the number of coronavirus cases and rise in recoveries, the local administration in Maharashtra's Latur district has temporarily shut 11 COVID-19 care centres, an official said on Wednesday. Several COVID-19 care centres in the district do not have any patients at present, which is why the administration has shut 11 such centres temporarily from October 26, until further orders, Collector G Sreekanth said.

As on Tuesday, Latur has recorded 20,070 COVID-19 cases, of which 18,651 patients have recovered from the infection, while 600 have died of it.

19:42 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Lift travel restrictions in Mumbai trains in non-peak hours: Maha to Rlys

The Maharashtra government has proposed to the railway authorities that general public be allowed to travel by Mumbai local trains during non-peak hours, an official said on Wednesday. At present only certain categories of persons including essential services staff can travel by local trains, Mumbai's lifeline, due to the coronavirus threat.

In a letter to the Railways, the state government suggested that any person holding a valid ticket be allowed to board local trains till 7.30 in the morning, between 11 am to 4 pm and between 8 pm till the end of the day.

The time between 8 am to 10:30 am and 5 pm to 7.30 pm should be reserved for essential services staff having valid QR coded identity cards, and there should be ladies special trains every hour, the state government said. "The state is looking to open up the local train services to the general public while ensuring adherence to all COVID-19 protocols," said the letter marked to general managers of Central Railway and Western Railway besides the Government Railway Police commissioner.

15:29 (IST)28 Oct 2020
DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till Nov 30

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till November 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday.

“However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” the Indian aviation regulator said in a circular.

The scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under the bilateral ‘air bubble’ arrangements with selected countries since July. READ MORE

12:21 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Maharashtra: After July, Covid penetration gradually increased in rural areas

Rural areas with 6.11 lakh Covid-19 cases account for 37 per cent of the infections compared to urban areas with 10.35 lakh cases, totalling 62.7 per cent of the total burden in the state. The penetration of the virus is gradually increasing in rural Maharashtra, which until July accounted for only 16.5 per cent of the cases. The share rose to 34.4 per cent by September 20.

The share of rural areas in the number of deaths has also increased quickly. Until July 20, 12.8 per cent of total Covid-19 deaths were reported from rural areas. This rose to 29.6 per cent by September 20 and 35 per cent this month. Read Tabassum Barnagarwala's report

10:38 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Mumbai: Police reach out to slums to check unreported sexual offences amid lockdown

To ensure that cases of sexual violence that may have taken place during the lockdown do not go unreported, police stations in northern suburbs of Mumbai, which has a high density of slums, are holding counselling meetings at slum colonies. Since last Monday, police officers have held 86 such meetings with women from these areas. In all, the northern suburbs have 152 slum colonies. Read Mohamed Thaver's report

10:18 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Mumbai news: Covid-19 doubling rate crosses 100 days in all wards

In an indication that the spread of the virus is slowing down in Mumbai, the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases crossed 100 days in all 24 administrative wards of the city on Tuesday. While the average rate at which the number of cases was doubling in Mumbai is 139 days, all wards on Tuesday witnessed a doubling rate of more than 100 days. Read more here

10:08 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Coronavirus Maharashtra update: 16.52 lakh cases of Covid-19

Good morning, and welcome to our live blog on the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra. The state has over 16.52 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, 5,363 infections were detected across Maharashtra, taking the state tally to 16,54,028, including 1,31,544 active cases, 14,78,496 recoveries and 43,463 deaths.

In Mumbai, ladies are seen shopping for the Navratri festivals. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra slashes rates of Covid-19 tests

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. The real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, considered gold standard for Covid-19 detection, will now cost Rs 980 for anyone who walks into a laboratory, Rs 1,400 for samples collected from Covid care centres, hospitals, or dispensaries. And Rs 1,800 if swab is collected from home.

Covid doubling rate crosses 100 days in all Mumbai wards

For the first time, the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases crossed 100 days in all the 24 administrative wards of the city on Tuesday. While the average rate at which the number of cases was doubling in Mumbai is 139 days, all wards on Tuesday witnessed a doubling rate of more than 100 days. The growth rate – the rate at which the number of cases are increasing – has also come down to 0.5 per cent in the city.

An increase in doubling rate and decrease in growth rate of cases mean the spread of virus is slowing down in Mumbai.