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Maharashtra Coronavirus Updates: Ram temple ‘bhoomi pujan’ can be done through video conference, says Thackeray

The single-day surge of 9,251 COVID-19 cases pushed Maharashtra's tally to 3,66,368 on Saturday. The death toll grew by 257 to stand at 13,389, said the Health department.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2020 9:13:11 am
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As the coronavirus crisis continues to impact lives, the ceremony of “Bhoomi Pujan” for the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya can be conducted via a video conference, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Sunday.  In an interview published in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray said “An e-bhoomi pujan can be done. The ground-breaking ceremony can be held through video-conference. This is an event of joy, and lakhs of people would be interested in attending the ceremony. Will we allow the spread of coronavirus?”

The coronavirus death toll in Mumbai surpassed the 6,000 mark on Saturday with 52 new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours taking the total toll to 6,033. With 1,090 new coronavirus cases the active number of infections rose to 23,071. Mumbai’s total caseload stands at 1,07,981, out of which 78,877 are recoveries.

Meanwhile yesterday Uddhav Thackeray said that he is not considering the “complete lifting” of Covid-19 lockdown in the state only to address the economic concerns as he highlighted the need to strike a balance between issues related to health and economy amidst the ongoing crisis. 

Thackeray’s comments come after NCP chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar yesterday highlighted the importance of “economic revival” by resuming activities in Maharashtra’s industrial centres and said that the decision on extension of lockdown must be made after accessing the situation on ground.

A single-day surge of 9,251 COVID-19 cases pushed Maharashtra’s tally to 3,66,368 on Saturday. The death toll grew by 257 to stand at 13,389, said the Health department. A record 7,227 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 2,07,194. Maharashtra now has 1,45,785 active cases while a total of 18,36,920 people have been tested so far.

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19) News Live Update: Maharashtra adds 9,251 cases, total cases at 3,66,368; a total of 18,36,920 people have been tested so far.

20:53 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Nagpur 'janta' curfew gets good response on final day as well

'Janta' curfew in Maharashtra's Nagpur received a good response on the second and final day as well with people staying indoors and markets remaining shut. Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe appreciated the support given by citizens and appealed to them to show a similar resolve in future. A meeting of stake-holders will be held on July 31 to decide if the lockdown needs to be extended by 14 days or it be implemented only on weekends. The decision to implement the Janta curfew (voluntary shutdown) was taken in a meeting on Friday which was attended by Mundhe, Mayor Sandip Joshi and other elected representatives and officials. Pharmacies, health care establishments, grocery and vegetable stores, milk outlets, fuel pumps and industrial units were allowed to function, while markets remained shut, said officials. (PTI)

20:53 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Maha's COVID-19 tally grows by 9,431; death toll now 13,656

The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra reached 3,75,799 on Sunday with the single-day surge of 9,431 cases, the health department said. As the virus claimed 267 more lives, the state's death toll reached 13,656, it said. As many as 6,044 patients were discharged after recovery, taking the number of recovered persons to 2,13,238, the department said in a statement. Maharashtra now has 1,48,601 active cases, it said. A total of 18,86,296 people have been tested so far, the department said. (PTI)

16:35 (IST)26 Jul 2020
PM to launch COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata on Monday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch on Monday "high throughput" COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata, which will ramp up testing capacity and help strengthen early detection and treatment in the country, the Prime Minister's Office said. The virtual launch event will be attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the chief ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh -- Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata Banerjee and Yogi Adityanath respectively. (PTI)

15:00 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Barring senior citizens from film sets not discriminatory:Govt

The decision to restrain persons above 65 years of age from attending shootings on film and television sets was not to discriminate against them, and was taken in the general interest of such people, the Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court. The government, however, also said no data or statistics were taken into consideration while prohibiting those above the age of 65 on sets of film and TV shows. In an affidavit, filed by Prasad Mahajan, under secretary in the state Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the government said its order prohibiting people above the age of 65 years from going to film and television shooting sets was not with a view to discriminate, but was in the general interest and for the safety of such people. (PTI)

12:31 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Ram temple "bhoomi pujan" can be done through video conference says Thackeray

As the coronavirus crisis continues to impact lives, the ceremony of “Bhoomi Pujan” for the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya can be conducted via a video conference, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav said Sunday. 

In an interview published in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', Thackeray said 'An e-bhoomi pujan can be done. The ground-breaking ceremony can be held through video-conference. This is an event of joy, and lakhs of people would be interested in attending the ceremony. Will we allow the spread of coronavirus?' 

'This is not an ordinary temple. Today, we are fighting the coronavirus pandemic and religious gatherings are prohibited. I can go to Ayodhya for the ceremony, but what about lakhs of Ram bhakts. Will you stop them? You can do e-bhoomi pujan through video-conference,' he added.

According to members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony to begin the construction of the Ram temple.(With PTI inputs)

11:44 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Janta curfew in Nagpur today
08:47 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Mumbai's death toll cross 6,000 mark

The coronavirus death toll in Mumbai surpassed the 6,000 mark on Saturday with 52 new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours taking the total toll to 6,033. Out of the new deaths, 33 were patients above the age of 65 while 40 of these patients were suffering from comorbidities. The city reported 1,090 new coronavirus cases taking the active number of infections at 23,071. The total number of patients reported in the city so far is 1,07,981 and 78,877 of them have recovered.

08:28 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Pune district reports 2,891 new cases

Pune district reported 2,891 new coronavirus cases till Saturday evening, taking its case tally to 66,965, a health official said. The death toll in the district due to the pandemic reached 1,672 with 47 patients succumbing to the infection. Out of the new cases,  1,479 are from the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has reported 43,083 patients so far and 1,041 are from Pimpri Chinchwad industrial belt where case count now stands at 15,997.(With PTI inputs)

22:48 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Fewer hospital admissions of Covid-19 in Mumbai now: BMC commissioner

Mumbai is recording hospital admissions of 150 to 200 Covid-19 patients daily, a drop from 1,000 daily admissions over a month, said BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal during a Facebook Live address on Saturday, in an indication that the number of symptomatic patients is on a steady decline in the city.

Mumbai has 22,854 active infections, out of more than one lakh Covid-19 cases recorded to date. As opposed to that, Pune district has 46,013 active cases and Thane district has 36,678. Pune has the highest active caseload in the state. On Saturday, the state recorded 9,251 new cases, and 257 deaths due to Covid-19. Mumbai recorded 1,080 cases taking its total to 1.08 lakh, and and 52 deaths with the toll rising to 6,036. Read more

21:42 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Maharashtra minister meets Pune’s octogenarian woman stick-fighter

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh Saturday met Shantabai Pawar, an 85-year-old woman whose stick-fighting video went viral on social media and drew widespread praise from netizens. In the video, Pawar was displaying seen her stick-fighting skills on the streets of Pune during lockdown to earn living for her family, which includes orphaned children she has taken under her care. “I had the privilege to meet 85yrs old Shantabai Pawar, the #WarriorAaji from #Pune, at her home. I heard from many people about the way she has been exercising for her livelihood. Felt inspired & refreshed upon meeting her & gifted her Nawari Saree & Rs 1 Lakh on Party’s behalf,” tweeted Deshmukh.

21:07 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Maharashtra's tally now 366,368 virus

A single-day surge of 9,251 COVID-19 cases pushed Maharashtra's tally to 3,66,368 on Saturday, reported PTI. The death toll grew by 257 to stand at 13,389, said the Health department. A record 7,227 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 2,07,194. Maharashtra now has 1,45,785 active cases while a total of 18,36,920 people have been tested so far.

20:22 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Four held for making fake passes for inter-district travel

Four persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly preparing bogus passes and selling them to people who wanted to travel to various districts in Maharashtra during the lockdown, a Mumbai crime branch official said. The genuine passes are issued by the offices of Mumbai police commissioner and district collector. The accused used to prepare bogus passes and forward them through social media, the official said. (PTI)

19:07 (IST)25 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Good response to Nagpur Janta curfew, says mayor

The 2-day 'Janta curfew' in Nagpur in Maharashtra began on Saturday with people showing good levels of compliance, with only establishments dealing in essential items remaining open as permitted, said officials. The decision to implement the Janta curfew (voluntary shutdown) was taken in a meeting on Friday which was attended by Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, Mayor Sandip Joshi and other elected representatives and officials. (PTI)

18:02 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Maharashtra govt cuts syllabus for Classes 1 to 12 by 25 per cent

The Maharashtra Government on Saturday announced that the syllabus for Classes 1 to 12 will be reduced by 25 per cent so as to reduce the burden on students amid the coronavirus pandemic. School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said details of which lessons from textbooks have been omitted will be uploaded on the website of the Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT). Since schools have not reopened physically, the government wants to ease the burden on students, so the syllabus will be reduced by 25 per cent for the academic year 2020-21, she said in a statement. While schools remain closed, the academic year has started from June 15 and various alternative methods of learning are being adopted, the minister said. Read full story here

18:00 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Maha CM inaugurates COVID Care facilities at Kalyan, Dombivli

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday inaugurated a Covid Care Centres at Kalyan and Dombivli in Thane through video link, PTI reported. Thackeray said the state government was committed towards providing all necessary facilities to batte out the pandemic. Local authorities should ensure proper care to patient, medical treatment and adequate oxygen supply at hospitals where coronavirus patients are being treated, the chief minister said.

16:49 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Maha: COVID-19 hospital overcharges patients; loses licence

The civic body in Maharashtra's Thane city on Saturday suspended the licence of a private hospital and cancelled its classification as a COVID-19 facility after it allegedly overcharged patients. The Thane Municipal Corporation set up an audit team to examine bills and detected excess billing to the tune of Rs 27 lakh by 15 hospitals. Based on the findings, the civic body cancelled the classification of a private hospital on Ghodbunder Road for COVID-19 treatment and suspended its licence for a month, an official said. (PTI)

16:18 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Three booked for poor upkeep of hostel-turned COVID facility

A case has been filed against three people under the Disaster Management Act for poor upkeep of a hostel-turned-Covid facility in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, PTI reported on Saturday. Osmanabad tehsildar had lodged a complaint against the manager of Panjabrao Deshmukh hostel and two others for failing to meet the guidelines orders regarding maintenance of the facility.

14:59 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Jobless due to lockdown, man sells possessions to feed family

Having lost their livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, a couple in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city has resorted to selling few valuable possessions they have to buy ration. With no source of income, Motikaranja resident Mohammed Haroon and wife are trying to sell their induction cooktop, which they had purchased to save on LPG expenses just six months ago.

The 37-year-old, who worked as a helper at a company in Shendra industrial area, lost his job in the initial period of the lockdown. "I bought groceries four months ago and later some relatives helped us out. Now as we are running out of ration, we have to find our own way," Haroon said. (PTI)

14:22 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Mumbai: Pandemic puts brakes on Rs 2,500-crore civic projects

The Covid-19 outbreak and the extended lockdown have put a spanner in the works of Rs 2,500-crore worth development projects, including rejuvenation and beautification of Poisar, Oshiwara and Dahisar rivers, modernisation of Deonar abattoir, consultancy services for the construction of a holding pond near Mithi river, up-gradation of Bhandup Sewage Treatment Plant among others, of the civic body.(Read Laxman Singh's report here)

14:09 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Streets look deserted in Nagpur city as Janta Curfew is imposed for this weekend

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, coronavirus LIVE updates

In Maharashtra, the state worst hit by the corornavirus infection, BMC had been, for days, the most-affected civic body. But, for a few days in a row, PMC’s case number has surpassed that of BMC. In view of the spurt in coronavirus cases, a 'Janta Curfew' will be imposed in Nagpur city on July 25 and 26, wherein only essential services will remain functional.

Pune, however, has ramped up testing as cases increase. From 138 samples tested in March to 3.45 lakh as on July 23, Pune district will soon cross four lakh Covid-19 tests. In the last one week, 11,000 to 15, 000 samples were tested daily, at least 4,000 more than Mumbai and Thane.

Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has claimed that the 10-day lockdown has helped reduce the Covid-19 caseload by 7,000 cases. On Thursday, the civic chief issued orders allowing all essential and non-essential shops to operate from 9 am to 5 pm. Meanwhile, Amravati district reported 65 new COVID-19 cases , taking the count to 1,550, while two more patients succumbed to the infection, raising the death toll to 44.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday revised the number of containment zones in the city from 109 to 87. This is the same number of containment zones announced by the civic body on July 2, a few days before Pune went under a complete 10-day lockdown from July 14 to July 23.

To further curb the spread of infection, the assistant municipal commissioner and incident commander of the respective ward office have been entrusted the task of sealing off a specific area, building or housing society within the containment zone, if a spike in the number of cases is seen.

“The specific area, building or cooperative society outside the containment zone will be immediately sealed off by the civic officer concerned if they notice a surge of Covid-19 patients in the area,” said Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar.

Earlier, the PMC had declared 69 containment zones on May 3, 65 on May 18, 66 on June 1 and 74 on June 17. But, as the number of cases started increasing rapidly due to lifting of the earlier lockdown restrictions, Pune authorities decided to implement a lockdown again, and increase the number of containment zones to 109. These were, however, 'micro containment zones', covering much smaller areas.

While most of the attention India’s fight against novel Coronavirus is understandably directed at states like Maharashtra, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh, which have very high caseloads, what has been of equal concern is the fact that the disease has become quite widespread in the relatively smaller states as well.

Goa, Tripura, Manipur, Puducherry, Ladakh, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu, all have significantly large number of Coronavirus cases, and in some of these, the numbers are rising at rapid pace. Andaman and Nicobar Islands has the least number of cases in India, and there too, 221 people have so far been infected. Lakshadweep is the only region now that still does not have a single infected person.