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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: Bombay HC lauds Mumbai cops for ‘working against odds’ amid Covid-19

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Highlights: With 91 more people succumbing to the infection, the number of fatalities also increased to 43,554.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2020 12:54:24 pm
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Maharashtra Coronavirus News Highlights: The Bombay High Court Friday praised the Mumbai Police for working against all odds amid the ongoing pandemic and the state lockdown. The court urged public to cooperate with the police under such unprecedented circumstances.

Earlier, the state government extended the ongoing lockdown restrictions to curb Covid-19, till November 30. The state government has been easing restrictions in a phased manner. “…to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of virus, the Government in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, read with all other enabling provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is expedient to extend the lockdown in the entire state of Maharashtra till midnight of November 30, 2020,” said the order issued by chief secretary Sanjay Kumar. A decision on reopening temples, schools and colleges is yet to be taken. 

Maharashtra’s coronavirus tally on Thursday increased to 16,66,668 with 5,902 new cases being reported, a health official said. The state also recorded 156 deaths, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 to 43,710, he said. A total of 7,883 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the tally of recovered people to 14,94,809. There are 1,27,603 active patients as of now. Mumbai city reported 1,120 new cases which pushed its caseload to 2,55,360, while death toll in the city rose to 10,229 with 33 fatalities being recorded on Thursday.

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Over 1.6 million coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, death toll at 43,554. Get latest updates from Mumbai, Pune, Thane here.

02:30 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Mumbai: GT hospital to reconvert into non-Covid facility

Doctors at Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) hospital have now started pushing the state government to consider converting GT hospital back into a non-Covid facility, as routine non-Covid procedures have been on hold since March. Read More

00:28 (IST)01 Nov 2020
After dropping steadily for over a month, active case count rises slightly in Pune

After witnessing a drop in the number of active Covid-19 patients for over a month, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Saturday registered a slight increase as the number of new patients was higher than those who recovered, for the first time since September 25. Read More

12:47 (IST)31 Oct 2020
BMC collected over 3.5 crores of fine for violations of face mask protocols
10:55 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Pune: 715 COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths, 322 discharged

Pune district reported 715 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its infection count to 7,22,820, while 29 deaths increased the toll to 7,857, an official said on Friday. Pune city accounted for 284 of the new cases followed by 161 in Pimpri Chinchwad. "The caseload in PMC limits is 1,60,961, while it is 87,594 in PCMC. A total of 322 people were discharged during the day," he added. (PTI)

10:39 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Mumbai police raid fake N-95 mask factory in UP, arrest one

The crime branch of Mumbai Police raided a factory at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh where fake N-95 masks were being manufactured, an official said on Friday. N-95 masks are in great demand since the outbreak of coronavirus. The raid was conducted on Thursday following the information given by a man arrested earlier by Unit 3 of the crime branch, an official said. During the raid, the police seized 5,000 sub-standard masks, a printing machine and two printing screens worth Rs 11 lakh, he said, adding that one person was arrested. (PTI)

21:39 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Amravati logs 48 new cases, 118 recoveries

Amravati district in Maharashtra reported 48 new coronavirus positive cases, which took its caseload to 16,248 on Friday.

With the recovery of 118 persons during the day, the count of such patients in the district rose to 15,199. This took Amravati's recovery rate to 93.54 per cent, news agency PTI reported.

21:38 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Cash-strapped MSRTC seeks govt funds to pay salaries

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has sought Rs 3,600 crore from the state government for payment of salaries and other essential expenses, Transport Minister Anil Parab said on Friday.

The state-run corporation has not paid the salaries of its employees for the last three months, and to pay them was its priority, the minister said.

Parab, who is also the chairman of the MSRTC, told reporters that the corporation was trying to raise money through external means too. (PTI)

21:37 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Maha reports 6,190 new COVID-19 cases; 8,241 recover, 127 die

With the addition of 6,190 coronavirus positive cases, Maharashtra's infection count reached 16,72,411 on Friday, news agency PTI reporting citing a state health official. The state reported 127 deaths during the day, which took the fatality count to 43,837, he said. A total of 8,241 patients were discharged after treatment on Friday. With this, the recovery count rose to 15,03,050. The number of active patients in the state now stands at 1,25,418, the official said.

16:39 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Visuals from Mumbai's Crawford Market

People throng market places in Mumbai, with the onset of the festival season, amid #COVID19 pandemic; visuals from Crawford Market. There are 18,984 active cases in the state capital at present.

15:47 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Bombay HC lauds Mumbai cops for ‘working against odds’ amid pandemic

Praising the Mumbai Police for working against all odds, the Bombay High Court has said that the police personnel are carrying out their duty under a lot of pressure amid the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, and hence cooperation from public is required, PTI reported. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik on Thursday also said that the Mumbai police are considered as one of the best in the world. "The job of a police officer is difficult during these times of pandemic. The Mumbai police is already under a lot of pressure. They have to do 12-hour duty and then there are processions and morchas for which bandobast is required," Justice Shinde said.

14:08 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Aurangabad Civil Hospital to start post-COVID-19 care centre

The Civil Hospital in Aurangabad in Maharashtra is set to start a new facility that will deal with post-COVID-19 care, an official said on Friday. Post-COVID-19 outdoor patient department (OPD) services will start in the new facility from the first week of November, the official told PTI. The Civil Hospital, located in Chikalthana area of the city, has set up the centre to treat recovered patients suffering from complications related to the coronavirus infection, he said. (PTI)

12:47 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Thane district records 1,802 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths

Thane district of Maharashtra recorded 1,802 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking its tally to 2,10,096, an official said on Friday. The official said the death toll increased to 5,302 after 40 more patients succumbed to the infection in the district on Thursday. He said the COVID-19 recovery rate of the district is 92.76 per cent (1,94,881), while the mortality rate is 2.52 per cent (5,302). (PTI)

09:45 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Lockdown restrictions extended till Nov 30

The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the ongoing lockdown restrictions to curb Covid-19, till November 30.The state government has been easing restrictions in a

phased manner. "...to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of virus, the Government in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, read with all other enabling provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is expedient to extend the lockdown in the entire state of Maharashtra till midnight of November 30, 2020," said the order issued by chief secretary Sanjay Kumar. (PTI)



09:34 (IST)30 Oct 2020
1,120 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 33 deaths

The tally of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai increased to 2,55,362 on Thursday with 1,120 new cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The death toll in the city reached 10,186 with 33 fresh fatalities being reported, it said. The civic body said the city has 18,367 active COVID- 19 patients. 1,824 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, which took the number of recovered patients to 2,26,041, about 88 per cent of the total caseload. The number of COVID-19 tests carried out in the city has crossed 14.98 lakh. (PTI)

09:33 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Pune: PMC to reopen 89 gardens and parks on Nov 1, only walking and jogging allowed

With strict norms in place, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is going to reopen 89 of the total 204 gardens and parks across the city for local residents from November 1. Visitors will only be allowed to walk or jog, and all group activities are banned. The use of the common play area, open gym, lawn and benches is also forbidden.

In his order, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said the gardens will be open for two-hour slots in the morning and evening, from 6 am to 8 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm. It will be mandatory to follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitation. “No other activity other than personal exercise, like jogging and walking while maintaining social distancing, will be allowed in the garden,” said Kumar in the order.

19:46 (IST)29 Oct 2020
State minister Dilip Walse-Patil tests positive for Covid-19

State NCP leader and Maharashtra Minister for Excise and Labour Department Dilip Walse-Patil tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.

“Recently I underwent a Covid-19 test and the results have returned positive. But my health is fine and I am not experiencing any trouble. I urge others who have come in contact with me to get tested as well,” Walse-Patil tweeted on Thursday. Over a dozen ministers in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government have tested positive for Covid-19 so far.

19:09 (IST)29 Oct 2020
No face mask or money to pay fine? get ready to sweep roads!

Next time if you are caught without a face mask in public in Mumbai, get ready to sweep roads as part of community service if you fail to pay fine to the city civic body. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is making violators do community service in the form of sweeping roads if they are reluctant to pay Rs 200 as fine for not wearing masks in public places, according to civic officials.

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities have made wearing of face masks mandatory in public to curb the spread of the infection.

The K-West civic ward, which includes areas like Andheri West, Juhu and Varsova, has already made several violators sweep roads for an hour to deter people from roaming around without a mask. Vishwas Mote, assistant municipal commissioner (K-West ward), told PTI on Thursday that since the past seven days they have made people do community service in the form of sweeping roads if they unnecessarily argue with officials or refuse to pay fine for not wearing a mask.

"Until today, a total of 35 people were made to do community service in the K-West ward," Mote said. According to the officials, this punishment is being handed out as per the BMCs Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws that give the civic body powers to ask citizens to do various community services for spitting on roads.

18:11 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Maharashtra govt extends Covid-19 lockdown till 30 November

The Maharashtra government on Thursday announced that it has has extended the lockdown in the state till 30 November. The activities already allowed and permitted from time to time shall be continued and all earlier orders shall be aligned with this order and shall remain in force up to end of November, the state government stated in its fresh order.

14:49 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Maharashtra govt directs GRP to fine commuters travelling without masks

The Maharashtra government has directed the Government Railway Police (GRP) to impose fine on commuters found without masks in local trains and on stations, PTI reported. In a letter to GRP Commissioner Ravindra Sengaonkar, state disaster management department director Abhay Yawalkar has said the fine will be in tune with the circular issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on September 9, or any further circular issued by the civic body. The MCGM, at present, imposes a fine of Rs 200 on people found without masks in public places. "The state bequeaths powers to the Government Railway Police to impose fines on commuters found to be travelling without masks in the local trains or inside the station premises," Yawalkar said in the letter.

14:27 (IST)29 Oct 2020
Raj Thackeray meets Maharashtra governor over inflated power bills

MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, and sought the latter’s intervention on the issue of inflated power bills received by people. According to a Raj Bhavan statement, Thackeray met Koshyari along with a delegation of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The delegation sought the intervention of the governor on the issue of inflated power bills received by citizens and presented a memorandum to the governor,” the statement said. Click here to read more

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A total of 8,430 patients were discharged in Maharashtra on Wednesday, which took the tally of recovered persons to 14,86,926, an official said.

With this, the number of active cases in the state stands at 1,29,746.

Mumbai city reported 1,354 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 2,54,240, while its death toll rose to 10,196 with the addition of 31 latest fatalities.

Mumbai division, which comprises Mumbai city and its satellite towns, reported 2,502 new cases, which took its total count to 5,77,078. A total of 17,835 people have died so far in this region, the official said.

The number of cases in Pune division stood at 4,21,903 and deaths at 9,456, while Nashik division's cumulative case tally reached 2,22,299 and death toll mounted to 4,204, he said.

-- From PTI