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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: Tally crosses 10.97 lakh; deaths go past 30,000

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Highlights: The state has over one-fourth of India's caseload, and nearly 40 per cent of deaths. Several districts, like Solapur, Kolhapur, and Raigad, are nearing 1,000 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: September 17, 2020 7:14:59 am
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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Highlights:  Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,97,856 on Tuesday with addition of 20,482 new cases, state health department said. With 515 deaths, the total toll in the state went up to 30,409, it said. A total of 19,423 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 7,75,273, it said, adding that the state now has 2,91,797 active cases. The state has so far conducted 54,09,060 tests, the official said.

Mumbai reported 2,269 cases, taking its tally to 1,72,010. With 31 deaths, the city’s toll stood at 8,181. Pune, meanwhile, registered 2,481 new cases on Monday. Its count now stands at 2,27,307. The toll in the city has risen to 5,222 after 79 patients succumbed to the virus.

The Maharashtra government will launch the ‘Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari’ (My Family, My Responsibility) campaign on Tuesday to help reach out to people across the state in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. As part of the drive, officials will reach out to residents in door-to-door surveys, assess their health conditions and provide medical help and guidance if needed. The first phase of the initiative will target 2.25 crore families twice a month, according to news agency PTI. It will be held till October 10. The second phase will be from October 12 to 24.

Meanwhile, India’s tally crossed 49 lakh after 83,809 cases were detected across the country in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. The toll rose to 80,776 after 1,054 additional deaths. Maharashtra continues to have over one-fourth of India’s caseload, and nearly 40 per cent of deaths. Several districts, like Solapur, Kolhapur, and Raigad, are nearing 1,000 deaths.

In other news, the monsoon session of Parliament in underway with strict measures in place to ensure safety of parliamentarians. On Monday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan told the Lok Sabha the decisions taken by the central government prevented an additional 14-29 lakh cases and 37-78,000 deaths, reported PTI.

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Maharashtra Coronavirus News Live Updates: State tally above 10.77 lakh; Mumbai count more than 1.72 lakh, Pune over 2.27 lakh; govt to launch Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari' (My Family, My Responsibility) campaign today. Read latest news and updates below

18:41 (IST)16 Sep 2020
Cops celebrate boy's birthday in absence of virus-infected parents

In a touching gesture, the police of Maharashtra's Thane city celebrated the birthday of a seven-year-old boy, after his coronavirus-infected father tweeted about his absence on the special day, an official said on Wednesday.

The police swung into action after a COVID-19 patient approached them on Twitter late on Monday night, requesting them to celebrate his son's birthday, senior inspector Chandrakant Jadhav of Shil Daighar police station said, PTI reported.

The child's parents are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in Navi Mumbai and he was left in the care of his grandmother, he said.

18:34 (IST)16 Sep 2020
Aurangabad's COVID-19 cases cross 29,000

The COVID-19 tally has reached 29,208 in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra with 406 new additions, an official release said on Wednesday.

The death toll mounted to 824 with 9 more people succumbing to the infection on Monday, it said, adding that the 406 cases were reported on Tuesday.

The count of recoveries went up to 22,422 after 211 patients were discharged, it said. (PTI)

14:03 (IST)16 Sep 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput case: NCB probe team member tests positive for Covid-19

A member of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) team probing drugs angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, after which questioning of the actor's former manager was postponed, PTI quoted an official as saying.

Shruti Modi, the manager, reached the NCB office for questioning by the SIT, but before the probe team could start recording her statement, the NCB received report of one of its SIT member testing positive for the virus, the official said.

11:54 (IST)16 Sep 2020
Mumbai: Buildings with 10 or more Covid-19 cases to be sealed

In order to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to seal an entire building if 10 or more coornavirus cases are found there, reported PTI.

The BMC's health department issued the revised protocols on Tuesday after civic authorities chief Iqbal Singh Chahal held a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation.

Earlier, the BMC had in July said if there is a Covid-19 case in a society of building, only that particular floor will be sealed and the entire building need not be sealed. As per the revised protocols, the whole building will be sealed partially if one or more cases are found in a single home.

11:00 (IST)16 Sep 2020
Over 20% decline in isolation, ICU beds in Mumbai over last month

Isolation beds for Covid-19 patients in Mumbai have dropped by 20.2 per cent over the last one month despite an increase in daily infection cases. With more people from high-rises testing positive and seeking medical care, the city is also facing a shortage of intensive care units (ICUs), especially in the private sector.

On August 15, the city had 20,048 isolation beds across Covid Care Centres, jumbo facilities, and dedicated Covid-19 hospitals, data accessed from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) showed.

On September 15, the civic data revealed, the total beds stood at 15,992 — a decrease of 20.2 per cent.

22:09 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Maha govt launches public campaign to curb COVID-19 spread

The Maharashtra governments My Family, My Responsibility campaign will help combat COVID-19 and sarpanches in the state should implement it effectively in villages, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday as he launched the initiative amid a spike in cases. Earlier, interacting with corporators of civic bodies in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), except the BMC, Thackeray said the movement will prove to be a key weapon in making people understand the importance of self-protection in the battle against COVID-19. According to an official statement, Thackeray asked the public representatives to ensure social distancing norms are followed by people in their respective areas to curb the spread of COVID-19.

22:07 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Maha COVID-19 tally crosses 10.97 lakh; deaths go past 30,000

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,97,856 on Tuesday with addition of 20,482 new cases, state health department said. With 515 deaths, the total toll in the state went up to 30,409, it said. A total of 19,423 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 7,75,273, it said, adding that the state now has 2,91,797 active cases. The state has so far conducted 54,09,060 tests, the official said. Mumbai city reported 1,586 cases in the day, taking its count to 1,73,596 while the cumulative death toll rose to 8,230. 

13:42 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Thane: 8 shops sealed for violating Covid-19 rules

In Thane, eight shops have been sealed in Naupada ward limits for violating Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. They were reportedly open beyond permitted hours, and did not follow social distancing orders. Ashok Burpulle, deputy commissioner (encroachment) of the Thane Municipal Corporation said authorities would continue carrying out similar drives to check violators.

12:39 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Covid-19 toll among Maharashtra police force crosses 200

The death toll among Maharashtra police personnel crossed the 200 mark today, with eight cops succumbing to the disease. The toll stands at 202, including 20 officers and 182 constabulary staff. The total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the 2 lakh-strong force stands as 19,756, as per the data shared this morning. There are 3,724 active cases among which includes 460 officers. 

(Input from Sushant Kulkarni)

12:02 (IST)15 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: 11 districts account for 42% deaths

There are eleven districts in India right now which have reported more than 1,000 deaths of people infected with novel coronavirus. Together, they account for more than 42 per cent of all coronavirus-related deaths in the country, which exceeds 80,000 now. While most of that list of 11 districts comprise of usual suspects like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune, it also includes three relatively smaller urban centres from Maharashtra. Nagpur, Nashik and Jalgaon have all reported more than 1,000 deaths till now. Their presence in the list is not entirely unexpected though. Nashik and Nagpur figure towards the bottom of the top ten list of cities with maximum number of infected people. Jalgaon has much lesser caseload, but that too figures in the top 25 cities.

In fact, there are three more districts from Maharashtra that are now approaching 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Solapur, Kolhapur, and Raigad have all reported more than 900 deaths till now. Read Amitabh Sinha's report

11:42 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Coronavirus numbers: Top 10 states with maximum caseload

Maharashtra has the highest number of cases and deaths in India. The state makes up over one-forth of India's total caseload, and almost 40 per cent of all coronavirus-related deaths in the country. 

10:44 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Vehicles carrying oxygen to be treated at par with ambulances

Vehicles carrying oxygen cylinders for medical use will be treated at par with ambulances as emergency vehicles in Maharashtra for the period of one year. The state home department issued a notification to this effect on Monday in light of the high demand for oxygen cylinders for patients suffering from Covid-19. A lot of complaints over delays in delivery of oxygen have come from areas with low access. The notification issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, states that following the outbreak of Covid-19 in the state, the government “considers it expedient to make easily available the supply of oxygen in hospitals for timely treatment of patients of coronavirus”. Read more here

10:15 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Maharashtra coronavirus tally rises beyond 10.77 lakh

Good morning and welcome to our live blog on the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra. The state detected 17,066 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, taking its total caseload above 10.77 lakh. Of the 10,77,374 cases, 2,91,256 were patients undergoing treatment for the disease and 7,55,850 who had recovered. With 257 deaths on the same day, the toll rose to 29,894. 

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Maharshtra Coronavirus News Today Highlights:

The Maharashtra government Monday ordered that vehicles carrying oxygen would be treated on par with ambulances, in order to facilitate smooth and timely supply of the gas in hospitals for treatment of Covid-19 patients. A notification issued by the government was for a period of one year.

"The Government of Maharashtra hereby declares that vehicles permitted for carrying oxygen for medical purposes shall be treated on par with the ambulance for carrying only oxygen, for a period of one year during such disaster and thereby treating such vehicles as the vehicle on emergency and disaster management duties," the notification read.

Nearly 20,000 Maharashtra Police personnel have contracted Covid-19

On Monday, the number of personnel in the Maharashtra Police who have contracted Covid-19 rose by 311 to 19,385. At least five people died of the disease on Monday, taking the toll in the force to 194. Of the total, there are 3,670 acive cases, while 15,521 have recovered.

Maharashtra govt launches 'My Family, My Responsibility' campaign

The Maharashtra government will launch the 'Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari' (My Family, My Responsibility) campaign on Tuesday to help reach out to people across the state in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. As part of the drive, officials will reach out to residents in door-to-door surveys, assess their health conditions and provide medical help and guidance if needed. The first phase of the initiative will target 2.25 crore families twice a month, according to news agency PTI. It will be held till October 10. The second phase will be from October 12 to 24.