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Maharashtra Coronavirus highlights: Minister says no class 10, 12 exams before May 2021

With 5,027 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, the state's COVID-19 count spiked to 17,10,314.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Thane | Updated: November 7, 2020 9:17:07 am
maharashtra coronavirus latest updates, maharashtra cinema halls reopening, mumbai theatres reopens, maharashtra movie halls openStaffers of Shivaji Mandir in Mumbai clean the theatre on Thursday. (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday said the examinations of Class X and XII conducted by the state board will not be held before May 2021 due to the prevailing coronavirus situation. “The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will not be able to conduct the exams of Class X and XII before May,” Gaikwad said.

Maharashtra on Friday reported 5,027 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections to 17,10,314. The death toll reached  44,965 as with 161 more patients dying of the disease in last 24 hours.

After the state government allowed the reopening of most cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes from Thursday, these establishments continued to stay closed as they awaited the standard operating procedures that were issued only in the afternoon. The guidelines included in the SOPs allowed their reopening with 50 per cent capacity, maintaining 1 arm distance and mandatory face covering at all the times. In an order issued on Wednesday, it said cinema halls, drama theatres, multiplexes, swimming pools and yoga institutes will be allowed to function outside containment zones.

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21:24 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Maharashtra reports 5,027 new COVID cases,

Maharashtra reports 5,027 new COVID cases, 161 deaths and 11,060 discharges today. Total cases in the state rise to 17,10,314, including 15,62,342 recoveries and 44,965 deaths. Active cases stand at 1,02,099.

21:17 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Maharashtra: Nagpur records 332 new COVID-19 cases; nine more deaths

At least 332 persons tested positive for coronavirus, raising the caseload in Maharashtra's Nagpur district to 1,04,509 on Friday, an official said. With nine more casualties reported during the day, the toll in the region reached 3,456, of which Nagpur city alone accounts for 2,444 deaths, the official said.--PTI

20:25 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Amravati sees 47 COVID-19 cases, 1 death; 41 recover

Amravati in Maharashtra on Friday reported 47 COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 16,609, while one person died and 41 people were discharged during the day, an official said. The district now has 521 active cases as 15,720 people have been discharged and 368 have succumbed to the infection, he said. The recovery rate in Amravati was 94.65 per cent, he added. --PTI

14:45 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Maharashtra minister says no class 10,12 exams before May 2021

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday said the examinations of Class X and XII conducted by the state board will not be held before May 2021 due to the prevailing coronavirus situation. She told this to reporters here. "The current situation of coronavirus is likely to last for a longer period. We have discussed the issue of completion of syllabus and holding of exams," she said. "The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will not be able to conduct the exams of Class X and XII before May," Gaikwad said. "I have also discussed the issue of how much curriculum can be omitted so that teachers can complete the remaining part. We will have to cut at least 25 per cent of the curriculum," she added. (PTI)

13:46 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Many operational issues and no immediate releases, Pune cinemas brace for a tough run

Although fresh unlock guidelines from the state government have given single screen theatres and multiplexes an ounce of hope towards regaining normalcy, with the go-ahead to resume services from Thursday, their path is now jolted with newer obstacles. With no new content for immediate releases available, resistance from distributors as well as the looming fear of a second wave of the pandemic, cinema owners feel that garnering the permitted 50 per cent seating occupancy will be difficult. (With Ruchika Goswamy)

13:42 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Pune district starts work on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Pune district administration on Thursday said it has started preparations to distribute vaccine for COVID-19 once it becomes available and frontline workers will get priority in receiving the antidote.

The distribution will be done under NEGCAV (National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19) programme.
A senior official said as per the programme, frontline workers, including health professionals, nurses, doctors, lab technicians, ward boys, administrative staff, ambulance driverss, ASHA and Anganwadi workers, security staff working in government as well as private medical care facilities will be given the vaccine on priority once it becomes available. (PTI)

11:14 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Mumbai reports 841 COVID-19 cases, 1,929 recoveries; 25 die

Mumbai reported 841 new cases, taking its COVID-19 tally to 2,61,684 on Thursday, while more than 1,900 patients recovered from the infection, the city civic body said.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data, the death toll in the city reached 10,374 with 25 fresh fatalities.

This was the sixth consecutive day when the financial capital has reported less than 1,000 COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, 983 new cases and 29 deaths were recorded in the City. (PTI)

09:20 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Day I: Most theatres, multiplexes, cinema halls in Maharashtra remain closed for screening

A day after the Maharashtra government announced the reopening of theatres, cinema halls and multiplexes, most of the establishments remained closed for screening as they awaited standard operation procedure (SOP), which was issued by the tourism and cultural affairs department only in the afternoon.

The SOP included general guidelines of permitting theatres to reopen outside containment zones with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity, maintaining one seat distance and compulsory wearing of masks at all times.

Cinema halls will now have staggered show timings to prevent a large gathering outside the auditoriums before a film begins. The box office and other areas will also need to be regularly sanitised. Inside the auditoriums, the temperature setting of all air conditioners will be between 24-30 degrees Celsius. (With Sanjana Bhalerao )

00:32 (IST)06 Nov 2020
Mumbai: Security guard held for molesting Covid patient

A security guard was arrested for allegedly molesting a Covid-19 patient admitted to a private hospital in Kurar, Malad East, on Thursday. 
 
The accused, 21-year-old Sanjay Kotewar, allegedly sneaked into the isolation ward where the woman was asleep at 1.30 am. The woman raised an alarm when Kotewar started to misbehave with her, the police said. 
 
Doctors and nurses rushed to the patient's aid and prevented Kotewar from fleeing, the police said. 
 
Babasaheb Salunke, senior inspector, Kurar police station, said that Kotewar was booked for outraging the modesty of a woman under the Indian Penal Code. 

23:32 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Covid-19: Declining trend continues as Maharashtra records 5,246 new positive cases

THE DECLINING trend in daily Covid-19 cases continued as Maharashtra recorded 5,246 positive cases on Thursday, much lower than Delhi’s daily record. Mumbai recorded 841 new cases, with active caseload down to 16,116, which is one-sixth of the state’s active caseload.

Even as the decline in new cases has eased the load on government hospitals, the state health department is bracing for a second possible spike after the festival season and the onset of winter in December, or January 2021.

21:51 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Maharashtra: 301 fresh COVID-19 cases; eight more deaths in Nagpur

At least 301 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, taking the tally of cases to 1,04,177 on Thursday, an official told PTI. Moreover, with the death of eight more patients during the day, the toll in the region reached 3,447, PTI reported.

20:22 (IST)05 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Maha crosses 17 lakh-mark with 5,246 new cases

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally on Thursday breached the 17 lakh-mark after it recorded 5,246 fresh cases, an official in the state health department said. With the addition of the new cases in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 17,03,444. The state also reported 117 more deaths, taking the fatality count to 44,804, he said. A total of 11,277 patients were discharged during the day, taking the tally of recovered people to 15,51,282, the official said. With this, the number of active cases in the state dropped to 1,06,519.--PTI

19:23 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Siddharth Roy Kapur appeals to Maha govt to provide incentives to filmmakers, exhibition sector

Filmmaker Siddharth Roy Kapur on Thursday hailed the Maharashtra government's decision to allow theatres outside containment zones to reopen as he called for more incentives for the exhibition sector and content creators. On Wednesday, the state government permitted theatres and multiplexes outside containment zones to open with 50 per cent capacity from Thursday. As per the guidelines, no eatables would be allowed inside the theatres and owners would have to ensure physical distancing and sanitisation. At the inaugural panel discussion of "Panorama: Envisioning Film & Media Entertainment Policy for Maharashtra", Kapur said screen density in the state has been a "core issue" for the last couple of years. "While cinemas have reopened, unfortunately the number of cinemas, especially the single screens, has been dwindling. "If the government can take initiative to give some incentives, the way in the early 2000 there was a massive boon in the sector, where they were given incentive, the ease of doing business in terms of permissions was simplified... it'll be a wonderful opportunity," he added. --PTI

14:15 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Distributors, exhibitors elated with Maha opening theatres: First step of normalcy for us

Film distributors and cinema hall owners on Wednesday welcomed Maharashtra government's decision of opening theatres and multiplexes outside containment zones from November 5, saying preparations are in full swing to start afresh. While the call to open theatres in the state, which is the hub of the country's Hindi film industry, has made many cinema stakeholders happy, those who were hoping to capitalise the festival season of Diwali believe it is a development that has come "a little late".

After the Centre allowed reopening of theatres and multiplexes on October 15, halls in several places, including Delhi and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, resumed function with stringent dos and don'ts in keeping with the new normal. However, theatres in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Chhattisgarh had remained closed since the lockdown, which was imposed to contain COVID-19 in March.

13:56 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Maharashtra records 5,505 COVID-19 cases, 8,728 recoveries; 125 die

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally increased to 16,98,198 on Wednesday with the addition of 5,505 new cases, while recoveries continued to outstrip fresh infections with 8,728 patients getting recuperated, said a state health department official. The state also reported 125 deaths, taking the fatality count to 44,548, he said. A total of 8,728 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally of recovered cases to 15,40,005, the official said. With this, the number of COVID-19 patients under treatment in the state dropped to 1,12,912, he said.

12:28 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Pune: Furniture stored at warehouses, tenants away at hometowns; no takers for rented homes

With the ‘work from home’ provision continuing for many professionals in major Indian cities, the demand for furniture rental units is at an all-time high. In addition to expanding their existing rental spaces, warehouse companies have even come up with special packages for college students, most of whom continue to take online lessons.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and the nationwide lockdown was announced in March, hundreds of families and bachelors, living on rent in big cities, have vacated their rented apartments and moved to their hometowns. Across Pune city, the rent of most apartments have dropped by 30 to 40 per cent.

Rented houses in localities such as Wagholi, Hinjewadi, Wakad, Kalyaninagar, Magarpatta, Hadapsar — which house MNCs and IT companies — have borne the brunt of this change. Meanwhile, those professionals who are working remotely from their native places foresee no requirement to return to cities anytime soon.

12:20 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Mumbai: Cinemas, multiplexes, drama theatres to reopen today
The order also said swimming pools used by state, national and international level sportspersons for training and yoga institutes will also be allowed to operate outside containment zones.

Cinema halls, drama theatres, multiplexes, swimming pools and yoga institutes will reopen from November 5 after the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government allowed resumption of indoor activities outside containment zones only, and by observing Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar issued an order as part of ‘Mission Begin Again’ stating that cinema halls, multiplexes and drama theatres will be allowed to operate with 50 per cent seating capacity in areas outside containment zones. No eatables will be allowed inside, said the order, adding that a separate standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by the cultural affairs department and local authorities.

The order also said swimming pools used by state, national and international level sportspersons for training and yoga institutes will also be allowed to operate outside containment zones.

11:26 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Covid vaccination: Massive exercise underway in Maharashtra to develop database of healthcare workers

Even as strategies are being worked out towards the preparation of Covid-19 vaccine, a massive exercise is underway by the state health department to collate data of total number of healthcare workers in government and private hospitals, and nursing homes.

“We are in the process of preparing a database of beneficiaries that will be uploaded to the vaccine beneficiary management system for individualised tracking of all recipients,” Dr D N Patil, state immunisation officer told The Indian Express. A Covid-19 vaccine beneficiary management system has been developed and government and private health care facilities have been told to submit data of their workers who will be among the first to receive the vaccine against the virus.

Dr Patil told said that 75 per cent of the data has been collated from the government healthcare facilities and medical associations like Indian Medical Association and others have been involved in the process besides civic corporations. A standard excel-based template that has been developed for data collection and includes guidelines.

10:35 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Devendra Fadnavis tests negative for Covid-19

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis was discharged from St George hospital on Wednesday after being tested negative. However, doctors have advised him seven days home quarantine. Thanking everyone for his speedy recovery, Fadnavis said, “I am grateful to all the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, administrative administration staff for your kind care and support in hospital. I sincerely thank everyone for wishing my speedy recovery and support.”

10:30 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Welcome to our Maharashtra coronavirus LIVE blog

Welcome to our Maharashtra coronavirus LIVE blog. The total number of coronavirus cases has risen to 16,98,198 with the addition of 5,505 new cases, while recoveries continued to outstrip fresh infections with 8,728 patients getting recuperated. The state also reported 125 deaths, taking the fatality count to 44,548. Follow to get all the latest updates here!

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The Mumbai division, which consists of Mumbai city and its satellite towns, reported 1,909 new cases, raising the total count to 5,89,764. A total of 17,877 people have died so far in the region, the official said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Pune division stood at 4,29,509 and deaths at 9,877 the official said.

The Nashik division's cumulative case tally stood at 2,27,870 and death toll at 4,315, he said. The Kolhapur division has reported 1,09,818 cases and 3,729 deaths till now, while the Aurangabad division's tally stood at 63,639 and death count at 1,589.

The Latur division has reported 69,963 cases until now and 2,080 fatalities so far, the official said. The Akola division has registered 53,463 cases, while 1,280 people have succumbed to the disease until now, he said. The Nagpur division has recorded 1,51,970 infections and 3,650 fatalities until now, the official informed.

So far, there have been 2,202 patients who hailed from other states, but received treatment in Maharashtra. Of these, 151 have died so far, he said.

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