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Maharashtra Coronavirus highlights: Can’t allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic, Uddhav govt tells HC

The number of active cases in Mumbai is 19,047. Pune city reported 1,665 new cases along with 19 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: August 14, 2020 11:40:50 am
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The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it cannot permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The state said that the opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, would lead to an “imminent danger” of the spread of the virus, PTI reported.

With Maharashtra reporting 11,813 coronavirus infections and 413 deaths on Thursday, the total number of cases in the state rose to 5,60,126, and death toll soared to 19,063. At present, there are 1,49,798 active cases across Maharashtra and 3,90,958 recoveries so far.

Mumbai reported 1,132 new cases and 50 deaths during the day. The number of Covid-19 cases in the city thus rose to 1,26,356 and death toll to 6,943. The number of active cases in Mumbai is 19,047. Pune city reported 1,665 new cases along with 19 deaths. The total number of cases in Pune city is now 74,305 and death toll is 1,881, the official said. (Follow India Coronavirus Live Updates)

Meanwhile, desperate to find work after the five-month lockdown, in the face of dwindling savings and the inadequate financial support from the government, many migrant workers are returning to find work in the state, only to find they are worse off than before.

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19) News highlights: State has 5,48,313 Covid-19 cases and over 18,650 deaths. Migrant workers return to scarce jobs, low salaries.

20:41 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Maharashtra: 11,813 new Covid-19 case, 9,115 recoveries

11,813 new Covid-19 cases, 9,115 recoveries & 413 deaths reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 5,60,126, including 1,49,798 active cases, 3,90,958 cured cases and 19,063 till date: Public Health Department, Maharashtra

15:09 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Can't allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic, Uddhav govt tells HC

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it cannot permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The state said that the opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, would lead to an "imminent danger" of the spread of the virus, PTI reported.

14:28 (IST)13 Aug 2020
2,997 new cases of coronavirus in Pune district

Pune district reported 2,997 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its case count to 1,15,128, a health official said on Wednesday. The death toll in the district reached 2,619 with 67 patients succumbing to the infection. "Of 2,997 cases, 1,584 are from the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 69,235 patients. However, 1,449 patients were also discharged from the hospitals," the official said. With 1,024 cases in Pimpri Chinchwad, the COVID-19 tally there rose to 31,643.

14:07 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Zydus Cadila launches India’s cheapest remdesivir version at Rs 2,800 per vial

At Rs 2,800 per 100mg vial, Zydus Cadila Thursday launched the cheapest generic version of remdesivir, an antiviral drug, to treat Covid-19 patients in India. The drug will be sold to government and private hospitals under the brand name Remdac, the company said.

There are four other companies selling the drug in India, including Hetero Labs Ltd, Cipla, Mylan NV and Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.

13:49 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Maha Guv asks varsities to spread awareness on organ donation

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked all universities in the state to observe Organ Donation Week from Thursday and spread awareness among people about the importance of organ donation. World Organ Donation Day is observed every year on August 13.

Koshyari has asked vice chancellors of universities in the state to create awareness about organ donation among students, teachers, staff and the general public from Thursday till August 20, a press release issued by the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday said. The governor's instructions have been conveyed to vice chancellors by his principal secretary, it said.

13:26 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Keeping tab on fees of pvt COVID hospitals: Nagpur collector

The district administration here in Maharashtra has deputed its officials to monitor rates being charged by private COVID-19 hospitals following complaints of some medical facilities charging hefty amounts from patients. Sales tax and GST officials were given training a few days back to keep a check on the rates being charged by hospitals in Nagpur, Resident Deputy Collector Ravindra Khajanji said on Wednesday.

The officials concerned are monitoring whether the state government's regulations on charges for treatment of COVID-19 patients are being followed, Collector Ravindra Thakre told PTI. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is also keeping an eye on the fees of private hospitals in the city. There are six private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in the city.

13:10 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Pimpri: YCMH fails to start two ICU units, admin says efforts underway to resolve oxygen supply problem across hospitals
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation had decided to start two ICU units on Monday in the face of surging demand for ventilator beds in the ICU. (Representational)

EVEN as the YCM Hospital in Pimpri failed to start its two intensive care units (ICUs) due to lack of adequate stock of oxygen cylinders, the district administration said it was taking steps to resolve the problem of oxygen supply, faced by several hospitals across the district.

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation had decided to start two ICU units on Monday in the face of surging demand for ventilator beds in the ICU. However, PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said they could not start the two ICU units as they did not have enough stock of oxygen cylinders.

“We expect to get 300 cylinders by Wednesday night. If that happens, we will start the two ICU units on Thursday,” he said.

12:49 (IST)13 Aug 2020
30% of SARI patients Covid positive: NIV

The Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV) has found at least 30 per cent of Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases were positive with coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“A sizable number of people with the Covid-19 have been found among those hospitalised with SARI, in Pune. This is an ongoing activity. Of 4,939 referred SARI cases from January-end till August 4, a total of 1,501 were found positive for Covid-19,” said Prof Priya Abraham, director of ICMR-NIV.

More than 1.5 lakh samples have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 at the apex research institute. “These are samples mainly from Pune and around. As many as 26,232 out of 1.5 lakh samples were positive (around 17 per cent). Transmission rates are variable in different settings in all regions,” the director said.

12:05 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Over 3 Cr N95 masks, 1.28 Cr PPEs given to states by Centre for free
Along with augmenting the COVID-19 facilities, the Centre is also providing medical supplies to the states and Union territories for free. (Getty Image)

The government has distributed more than 3.04 crore N95 masks and over 1.28 crore personal protection equipment (PPE) kits among the states, Union territories and central institutions for free since March 11, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Also, more than 10.83 crore hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets have been distributed among them, it added.

In addition, 22,533 “Make in India” ventilators have been delivered to various states, Union territories and central institutions, the ministry said, adding that the Centre is also ensuring the installation and commissioning of the machines.

11:45 (IST)13 Aug 2020
India reports nearly 67,000 fresh cases, tally now rises to 2,396,637

The Covid-19 tally in India rose to 2,396,637 on Thursday after nearly 67,000 fresh cases were registered with a span of 24 hours. The death toll also increased from 46,091 to 47,033 during the same period, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

11:10 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Police stations across Maharashtra face staff crunch

More and more police units like police stations and various branches across the state are now facing the problem of staff crunch after the detection of cases among their staff and subsequent hospitalisation of COVID positive cops and isolation of their immediate contacts.

The major chunk of the total caseload from two lakh strong Maharashtra police have been from the local police personnel in Mumbai and the personnel of the Maharashtra SRPF. Jurisdictions like Nashik Rural, Thane City, Pune City, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai Railway and Solapur have also reported cases.

10:41 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra police rises to 11,773, death toll at 124

Maharashtra police force saw a rise of over 380 COVID-19 positive cases among its officers and personnel on Wednesday, taking the total number of affected cops in the state to 11,773 as on Thursday morning. 124 cops including 11 officers and 113 constabulary staff have till now succumbed to COVID infection among police personnel across the state.

Of the Total 11,773 cases, 9,416 have till now recovered and 2,233 remain active cases.

10:30 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Amravati COVID-19 case tally reaches 3,391

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Amravati district rose by 154, which is the highest single-day addition so far, to 3,391 on Wednesday, officials said. 24 of the new patients are inmates of the Amravati Central Jail, they said. With two deaths, the toll went up to 92 in the district. A total of 149 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 2,203.

10:03 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Explained: How immune system goes awry in severe Covid-19 cases
A doctor attends to a Covid-19 patient in Argentina. (AP)

Why are some Covid-19 cases more severe than others? A new study has uncovered deviations and lapses in the immune system that appear to spell the difference between severe and mild cases of Covid-19.

The difference, the study suggests, may stem from how our evolutionarily ancient innate immune system responds to SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that cases Covid-19. The innate immune system rapidly senses pathogens, and immediately launches a somewhat indiscriminate attack on them. It also mobilises precisely targeted, but slower “sharp-shooter” cells from the adaptive immune system (which is different from the innate immune system).

“These findings reveal how the immune system goes awry during coronavirus infections, leading to severe disease, and point to potential therapeutic targets,” senior author Bali Pulendran of Stanford Medicine said in a statement. The study is published in Science.

09:31 (IST)13 Aug 2020
12,712 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 344 deaths

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 12,712 new coronavirus patients and 344 deaths which took the case tally to 5,48,313 and death toll in the state to 18,650. As many as13,804 patients were discharged from hospitals which took the number of recovered coronavirus patients to 3,81,843. There are 1,47,513 active cases in the state.

State capital Mumbai reported 1,132 new cases and 50 deaths during the day. The number of COVID-19 cases in the city thus rose to 1,26,356 and death toll to 6,943. The number of active cases in Mumbai is 19,047. Pune city reported 1,665 new cases along with 19 deaths. The total number of cases in Pune city is now 74,305 and death toll is 1,881

09:29 (IST)13 Aug 2020
US has pre-ordered 800 million doses for its 330 million population

The United States government has entered into a US $1.525 billion deal with Moderna, a US-based biotech company, for securing the supply of 100 million doses of the novel Coronavirus vaccine that the company is developing.

With this, the United States government now has advance supply agreements with five companies whose candidate vaccines are being considered to be the leading contenders to get approved. This is the second deal with Moderna. Earlier, the US government had promised US$ 995 million to the company for the development of technology that is being used for the first time to develop a vaccine. Moderna’s candidate vaccine uses the messenger RNA from the novel Coronavirus to induce immune response in the human beings. An RNA-based vaccine has never been made for any disease till now.

08:55 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Migrant workers return to scarce jobs, low salaries
Migrant workers return to Mumbai as industries resume operations in a phased manner. (File)

When Mantu Singh returned to Maharashtra on June 25 with a group of other migrant workers, who had returned home in April after the lockdown was imposed, he was hopeful of finding work quickly, and sending money back home to his family.

Despite the apprehensions of his family in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi about returning to a Covid-19 ravaged city, what really swung it for Singh, and the others, was what the contractor was offering – promise of safety measures at the construction site in Satara and prompt payment of wages.

A little over a month later, however, 11 members of the group, including Singh, took the long journey back home again after their employer defaulted on paying their salaries. Read More

07:53 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Covid-19: Expert group plans digital backend to track vaccine

At its first meeting on Wednesday, the National Expert Group on vaccine administration for Covid-19 held detailed deliberations on modifying existing technology platforms to track potential vaccines from procurement to last-mile delivery.

Sources told The Indian Express that talks were held on building a digital infrastructure so that a potential vaccine, from the several being developed, can be administered to a large population. Specifically, sources said, there was a discussion on upgrading the existing eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) — an indigenously developed technology that tracks vaccine stocks digitally.

Sources said a decision was also taken that the Centre would handle procurement of the vaccines. “States must desist from investing time and money into the procurement process. The high-powered committee will be doing it in a centralised manner,” a source said.

21:59 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Dharavi reports 9 new COVID-19 cases in day; tally 2,643: BMC

The tally of Covid-19 cases in Dharavi slum sprawl in Mumbai rose to 2,643 on Wednesday with the addition of nine new cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

The biggest slum colony, once a hotspot of coronavirus transmission, now has only 87 active cases as 2,298 of 2,643 patients have already recovered, news agency PTI reported.

21:12 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Maharashtra reports 12,712 new cases, 344 deaths

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 12,712 new coronavirus patients and 344 deaths, which took the case tally to 5,48,313 and death toll in the state to 18,650. The spike in the cases was the second-highest, PTI reported. The record one-day spike in cases in the state to date was recorded on August 8 at 12, 822. (PTI)

Covid screening camp in progress at Trombay Koliwada on Friday, August 7, 2020. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday said the fight against Covid-19 was not over, and his government was making efforts to ensure the state is not hit by a second wave of the disease. He also said the process of easing restrictions would be “easier and faster” if we learn to “live with the virus” using masks and social distancing. Thackeray statement came following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to chief ministers of 10 states Tuesday to review the Covid-19 situation.

Shortly after the statement, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the Maharashtra government would cap prices of masks and sanitisers, the first state to do so, in order to ensure it is affordable for the common man. “Maharashtra will become the first state to cap he prices of masks and sanitisers. Rates of masks will be fixed depending on the quality of products. We want to make masks and sanitisers affordable to the common man,” Tope said, reported news agency PTI.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started the second phase of sero-surveillance study in the city to assess the spread of COVID-19 and information about antibodies developed by the people. The survey will cover F-North (Dadar, Matunga and Dharavi), M-West (Deonar and Govandi) and R-North (Dahisar) wards, where a similar study was conducted last month, a (BMC) official said. A serological survey involves testing of blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against an infection.