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Maharashtra Coronavirus July 15 Updates: State registers 7,975 new cases

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown News: State Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant Monday reiterated the government's stand that conducting final-year university exams would not be feasible amid the outbreak.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2020 12:08:33 am
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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News:  Maharashtra recorded 7,975 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and now has 2.67 lakh cases. With 233 deaths, the toll across the state went up to 10,710. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region accounted for 134 deaths Tuesday, which is 62 per cent of the total 213 deaths.

Although Mumbai recorded a dip in new cases Tuesday — 954 new cases as compared to 1,158 registered cases a day before, the capital is expected to reach the 1 lakh mark by the coming weekend. With the caseload of 95,100 infections, Mumbai recorded 17,442 coronavirus positive cases within a fortnight.

At least 4,182 people were discharged from hospitals in the state, pushing up the number of recoveries to 1,44,507, the statement said. As per the health department, 6,87,353 people are under home quarantine and 41,660 in institutional quarantine.

Meanwhile, state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Monday reiterated the state government’s stand that conducting final-year university exams as per the revised guidelines of the UGC would not be feasible due to the coronavirus outbreak. Samant said the state government was not against holding exams but was of the view that it would be improper to do so amid the outbreak.

A 38-year-old policeman died of COVID-19 in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Monday, the police said. The deceased, a police naik, was a resident of Murbad taluka in neighbouring Thane district. He was attached to the Valiv police station at Vasai in Palghar. After he tested positive for coronavirus, he was admitted to a hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. Navadkar said 135 personnel in the district have so far tested positive for coronavirus and two of them have died.

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Maharashtra's case tally rose to 2,60,924 on Monday, with the death toll at 10,482. Follow this space for more updates

23:43 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Aurangabad's COVID-19 tally reaches 9,444 with 379 new cases

With 379 fresh cases of COVID-19 recorded in Maharashtra's Aurangabad on Wednesday, the number of patients in the district reached 9,444, an official said.

As the virus claimed two more lives, the number of victims in the district rose to 370, the official said. With 144 patients discharged on Wednesday post recovery, the number of recovered persons reached 5,499, he added.

Of the 379 new cases, 294 were from Aurangabad city limits and 85 rural parts of the district. The number of active cases in Aurangabad is now 3,575. As many as 125 persons were found infected during the antigen test conducted on Wednesday, the district official said.

20:32 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Maharashtra registers 7,975 new cases; 233 die, 3,606 recover

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,75,640 on Wednesday with the addition of 7,975 new cases, while 233 more patients succumbed to the disease, 62 of them in Mumbai, taking the death toll to 10,928, the state health department said. A total of 3,606 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 1,52,613, it said.

As many as 233 patients died due to the viral disease, taking the toll closer to the 11,000-mark at 10,928, the health department said in a release. Of the total deaths, 62 were recorded in Mumbai. In the limits of the Pune, Kalyan-Dombivli and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations, 31, 15 and 11 deaths, respectively, were reported, it said.

19:14 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Dharavi cases top 20-mark after almost a month; tally 2,415

The COVID-19 count in Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi rose to 2,415 on Wednesday with the addition of 23 new cases - its highest one-day jump in nearly a month, the city civic body said. A single-day spike of cases above the 20-mark has been registered in Dharavi after nearly four weeks, according to a senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. With 23 more people testing positive, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the slum-dominated area rose to 2,415, he said.

Since June 18, the daily COVID-19 cases from Dharavi have dippedbelow the 20-mark. On several days, single digit infections were found in Dharavi and on July 7, just one case was registered in the area. The civic body, however, has stopped disclosing the number of coronavirus deaths, if any, in the slum colony since the last month. According to the official, Dharavi has only 99 active cases, while 2,067patients have recovered and discharged from COVID-19 facilities.

The first COVID-19 patient in Dharavi was found on April 1, nearly three weeks after Mumbai recorded its maiden positive case on March 11.

14:08 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Hetero healthcare to supply 12,500 vials of generic remdesvir to Maharashtra

Out of the 60,000 vails of covifor(generic version of remedesvir), that the Hetero Healthcare Ltd is set to supply to the country from 13 July to 20 July, Maharashtra is set to receive 12,500 vails, the companies website said. This will be followed by 10,000 and 9,000 vials for Delhi and Telangana respectively.

Covifor is the first generic brand of Remdesivir, which is meant for treatment of COVID-19 patients that are adults and children, hospitalised with severe symptoms of the disease.(PTI)

14:00 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Maharashtra college pass certificates say ‘Covid-19 promoted’, probe ordered

State Agriculture Minister Dadasaheb Bhuse ordered a probe Tuesday after a private agriculture college in Amravati stamped pass certificates of first- and second-year BSc agriculture students with ‘Covid-19 promoted’. The “Covid-19 promoted” tag on certificates, students also claimed, would have an adverse impact on their career, making them seem less proficient and employable.

12:46 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Bakrid should be celebrated in low-key manner, symbolic if possible: Uddhav Thackeray

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday indicated that he was not in favour of allowing large-scale Eid-ul-Adha festivities and asked people to celebrate the festival, likely to be observed on August 1, in a symbolic manner.

On Wednesday, however, officials as well as the chief minister were equivocal that setting up such mandis across the city and allowing large-scale celebrations would be detrimental to the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, and that the festival should be celebrated in a symbolic way.

12:44 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Mumbai reported 2nd lowest tally so far in July

Mumbai's coronavirus tally rose to 94,863 on Tuesday with the addition of 969 new cases, while 70 more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the toll to 5,402, Mumbai’s civic body said.

This was the second time this month that the number of single-day cases dropped below the 1,000-mark. However, the number of single-day deaths, which had dropped below 50 in the last three days, shot up to reach 70 in the past 24 hours.(PTI)

10:50 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Fatality rate comes down in Maharashtra

Maharashtra's fatality rate has come down to 4 per cent from 4.5 per cent recorded end-June indicating measures like increased testing, early intervention and better bed management can help reduce deaths.

At least 22 districts continue to have fewer than 1,000 Covid-19 cases, with Chandrapur and Gadchiroli recording fewer than 150 cases each.The highest deaths are in Mumbai which recorded 5,405 deaths, followed by Pune 907 and Thane at 597 deaths.

09:02 (IST)15 Jul 2020
No immediate relief for migrant workers still stranded in Maharashtra

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to dispose a plea filed by the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU), seeking relief for migrant workers availing special trains and buses in Maharashtra to reach their homes in other states, as the Supreme Court is set to hear petitions pertaining to stranded workers on July 17. It said a order will be passed next month subject to SC’s decision.(Read Omkar Gokhale's report here)

08:37 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Mumbai: KEM hospital becomes the 1st govt. hospital to digitise medical records of COVID-19 patients

The KEM hospital has become the first government hospital in Mumbai to digitise the medical records of all its Covid-19 patients that can be accessed by doctors through an in-house mobile application.

Through the app, created free of cost by programmers of K J Somaiya college, all requisite information of a patient – medical history and progress – can be viewed at the click of a button. As soon as a patient is tested, an identification number is created and fed into the app. A doctor can access the app on his phone and just click on the patient’s name to check for details.(Read Tabassum Barnagarwala's report here)

00:42 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Pune: Barring few glitches, industries witness mostly smooth operations on first day of lockdown

Notwithstanding slight operation glitches, industries in the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial areas reported mostly normal operations on the first day of the 10-day lockdown.

However, the refusal of petrol pumps to honour letters given by HR managers of companies, and a slight constrain in supply of raw material and consumables might create problems for these industries in the days to come.

The 10-day lockdown in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, which started from Monday midnight, has allowed industries to operate with regular staff strength. HR managers of companies were given authority to issue passes for employees so they can commute to work without problems. The movement of goods-carrying vehicles was also allowed without any checking.

00:42 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Pune: Barring few glitches, industries witness mostly smooth operations on first day of lockdown

Notwithstanding slight operation glitches, industries in the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial areas reported mostly normal operations on the first day of the 10-day lockdown.

However, the refusal of petrol pumps to honour letters given by HR managers of companies, and a slight constrain in supply of raw material and consumables might create problems for these industries in the days to come.

The 10-day lockdown in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, which started from Monday midnight, has allowed industries to operate with regular staff strength. HR managers of companies were given authority to issue passes for employees so they can commute to work without problems. The movement of goods-carrying vehicles was also allowed without any checking.

23:15 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Health Minister warns of action against hospitals overcharging patients

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said strict action would be taken against private hospitals charging exorbitant fees from COVID-19 patients and for other treatments. Tope was talking to reporters after a meeting with private doctors in the state's Jalna district on Monday. Asked about complaints that some private hospitals in Jalna were taking advance and hefty sums from COVID-19 patients, the minister said, "We will not tolerate it."

He warned of strict action against the hospitals overcharging COVID-19 and non-coronavirus patients. The state has included COVID-19 treatment under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, government's flagship health insurance scheme. The scheme also covers private hospitals, Tope said. The minister said he had received complaints that when COVID-19 patients become critical, some private hospitals refer them to government medical facilities.

"This is a serious issue and this should not be done," he said. Tope also said that private doctors in Jalna should work for seven days at government hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients. He said the 10-day curfew imposed in the city since July 5 was necessary to break the chain of the viral infection, and appealed to people to cooperate with the local administration to contain the spread of COVID-19.

22:04 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Amravati COVID-19 case count reaches 1,000

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Amravati district increased by 21 on Tuesday to reach the 1,000 mark, an official said. With this, it has become the third district after Nagpur and Akola in Vidarbha region to have 1,000 cases.

Amravati had reported its first coronavirus positive case on April 4. A total of 648 cases have recovered so far while 35 patients have died, leaving the district with 317 active cases.

18:27 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Number of cases in Maharashtra police force reach 6,393; 82 death

The number of COVID positive cases among the Maharashtra police force reached 6,393 on Tuesday, of whom 82 cops have till now succumbed to the disease. Of the 6393, 5099 have till now recovered and 1212 remain active cases. The number of cases among the two-lakh strong force has risen by 680 over the last one week and 11 more deaths have been reported in the same period. Of the 82 cops who have died due to COVID till now, six are officers and 76 are constabulary staff. 

With lockdown being imposed in many jurisdictions across the state, a major chunk of police force will be deployed on the ground for its enforcement. In Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, which went into a lockdown on Tuesday, over 75 per cent of the force is going to the on the ground for the enforcement. Multiple police units like police stations and various branches have been facing the problem of severe staff crunch after 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 and deaths from two lakh strong Maharashtra police has been from the local police personnel in Mumbai, its surrounding areas and the personnel of the Maharashtra SRPF deployed in these high risk areas and who later repatriated to their home units. Death toll in Mumbai police alone 48 till Monday night. Other than Mumbai and the SRPF, a significant number of cases have been found among cops in Malegaon, Thane City, Pune City, Navi Mumbai and Solapur. 

16:55 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Wages order can't be for workers unpaid before lockdown: Bombay HC

The Centre's direction to states to ensure all employers pay wages to their workers without any deduction during the lockdown cannot be applicable for those workers who remained unpaid for a long period even before the lockdown, the Bombay High Court has said. A bench of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Riyaz Chagla said on Monday this while hearing two writ petitions filed by Premier Ltd, a heavy machinery manufacturing company from Pune in Maharashtra, and its employees union.

The company challenged an order of the industrial court directing payment of a part of wages to its workers,who had not been paid since May 2019. Its employees union sought compliance of the Union Home Ministry's order dated March 29, 2020 and a subsequent Maharashtra government resolution (GR) issued on March 31, 2020, directing employers to pay wages to all workers even during the lockdown period. As per the court order, the company decided to shift its plant from its original site to a new one in 2017.

The state labour commission granted a no objection certificate (NOC) to the company for shifting on the condition that it would pay full wages to its workers during the time the work remained suspended due to shifting of work. However, as per the plea of the employees union, filed through senior counsel Gayatri Singh, the workers remained unpaid since May 2019 till now.

16:03 (IST)14 Jul 2020
West Bengal didn't handle migrants issue properly: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday said the migrants' issue was not handled properly in West Bengal amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government there at one point of time even refused to permit labourers from other parts of the country to return to their homes.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai made the observation while hearing a petition filed by Centre of Indian Trade Unions, a Mumbai-based trade union body, raising concerns over the plight of migrant workers stranded in Maharashtra in the wake of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

According to the petitioner, the process laid down by the Maharashtra government wherein migrant workers have to register themselves to travel by 'Shramik Special' trains to their native states was cumbersome and should be simplified.

14:36 (IST)14 Jul 2020
KDMC acquires 80 per cent beds in private hospitals

The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation in Maharashtra's Thane district has acquired 80 per cent beds in rivate hospitals for treatment of Covid-19 patients, PTI quoted an official as saying.

In an order issued Monday, municipal commissioner Vijay Suryavanshi stated that beds in paediatric intensive care units, NICUs and dialysis wards will be exempt. Private hospitals in the civic limits should admit and treat Covid-19 patients in the reserved beds and treatment charges should be as specified by the civic corporation, the order stated.

The commissioner said that action will be taken against hospitals that refuse treatment to Covid-19 patients or overcharge them. At least 13,240 coronavirus cases and 198 deaths have been reported in the limits of the KDMC.

13:19 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Maharashtra Health Minister warns of action against hospitals overcharging patients

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said strict action would be taken against private hospitals charging exorbitant fees from Covid-19 patients and for other treatments, PTI reported.

Covid-19 treatment in the state has been included under the government's flagship Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Jan Arogya Yojana scheme.

Tope said he had received complaints that when Covid-19 patients become critical, some private hospitals refer them to government medical facilities. He added that private doctors in Jalna district should work for seven days at government hospitals for treating Covid-19 patients.

12:48 (IST)14 Jul 2020
Sara Ali Khan’s driver tests positive for coronavirus

Bollywood actor Sara Ali Khan’s driver has tested positive for coronavirus. However, the actor, her family and other staff members have tested negative for COVID-19. Sara took to Instagram to share the news. She wrote, “I would like to inform you that our driver has tested positive for Covid-19. The BMC was promptly alerted about it and he has been moved to a quarantine centre. My family, the other staff at home and I have all been tested negative and will take the necessary precautions.”

The actor added, “A sincere thank you to the BMC from me and my family for all their help and guidance. Stay Safe everyone!”

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), including Mumbai city, accounted for the highest 3,807 cases, taking the tally to 1,76,867, while the death toll rose to 7,398. Out of the total 193 fatalities, 117 occurred in the MMR, which includes areas of districts adjoining Mumbai.

In the MMR, Thane city and Kalyan-Dombivali, the two satellite cities which are among the worst-hit areas, saw their count rising to 15,110 and 15,105 cases, respectively. Kalyan-Dombivali registered 494 new cases, while Nashik city recorded 148 fresh infections.

Pimpri-Chinchwad in Pune district logged 367 new cases. Jalgaon district saw 179 new cases, Aurangabad district 105 and Jalna district recorded 100 fresh infections, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided that final year marks will be decided by the performance in previous semesters and aggregate marks, while students wanting to appear for exams will be given the opportunity once the pandemic is over.

"Universities have been directed to issue graduation certificates to students who don't wish to appear for the examinations. Those who wish to appear for it must give us their request in writing," state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said.