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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: 10,244 new cases, 263 deaths reported

The state accounts for more than a third of India’s deaths, having recorded almost 38,000 fatalities so far. It also has a very high CFR of 2.67 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: October 6, 2020 9:20:46 am
maharashtra restaurants open, maharashtra restaurants bars, maharashtra lockdown, mumbai lockdown, maharashtra coronavirus cases, mumbai covid 19 updates, indian expressRestaurants were allowed to open in Maharashtra from Monday. (Express Photo by Pavan Khengre)

Even as the industry welcomes reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility with lockdown continuing till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a staggered process over the month, the industry said. “The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month,” PTI quoted Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty as saying in a statement.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the state’s total fatality count went up to 38,347, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Sunday said that in Mumbai, state’s covid-19 hotspot, social distancing is difficult to follow due to overcrowding. “Now the frequency of local trains in Mumbai has increased and restaurants are opening. It is difficult to follow social distancing as the city is overcrowded. But people have to follow the norms and protect themselves from the virus as health is precious,” Tope said while reassuring that the state will do everything to provide health care facilities to Mumbai patients. 

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Maharashtra govt issues allows restaurants, bars to reopen. Maharashtra's records 10,244 new cases, 263 die.

01:57 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Mumbai: Only 30% of restaurants reopen, transportation and accommodation of staff biggest challenges

Head chef of Madras Diaries in Bandra, K Murugan, spent the better part of 2020 in his hometown Chennai. On Monday, he was back at work to resume his pre-Covid routine of prepping fresh masalas at 4.30 am.

After readying masala dosas for two customers who came in around noon, Murugan said, “It’s all about getting used to a new routine. Wearing masks and cooking is not difficult when one keeps in mind the safety of others.” Read More

01:20 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Pune civic body reduces number of containment zones to 59

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday revised the list of containment zones, reducing the number to 59 from 71, which was the total declared two weeks ago.

On September 19, the PMC had reduced the number of containment zones from 74 to 71, including 17 new areas and dropping 20 areas from the previous list. Read More

23:58 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Pune: Active case count drops to August low in PMC area but deaths increase by 50 pc

After peaking on September 25 for the second time, the number of fresh Covid-19 cases recorded every day continues to decrease in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits even as the number of deaths has increased by 50 per cent over the past few days. Read More

23:33 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Intimate Covid war room before admitting symptomatic patients: BMC chief to hospitals

Mumbai Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal on Monday asked private hospitals to intimate Covid-19 War Room before admitting patients with moderate to severe symptoms.

According to BMC officials, only ward-level war rooms can allot beds in hospitals, Covid Care Centres and quarantine facilities and ventilators in intensive care units (ICUs). Hospital managements have been asked to communicate to war rooms if they admit any critical patients directly. The circular, issued on Monday, further points that despite earlier orders, patients are still admitted directly by the hospitals without any intimation to ward war rooms.

“I hereby direct all government, municipal, private hospitals and nursing homes having Covid-19 facilities to ensure that no admission shall be done directly without intimation to the respective Ward War Room,” read the circular.

The circular further reads that action will be taken against hospitals that fail to follow the order, under the Epidemics Epidemic Diseases Act. Sanjana Bhalerao

22:20 (IST)05 Oct 2020
30% restaurants, bars in Maha to re-open immediately; rest will open gradually

Even as the industry welcomes reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility with lockdown continuing till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a staggered process over the month, the industry said. “The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month,” PTI quoted Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty as saying in a statement.

22:18 (IST)05 Oct 2020
1,813 test COVID-19 positive; Mumbai active cases below 25,000

Mumbai's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,15,465 on Monday with the addition of 1,813 new cases - the lowest daily count in five days - while 47 fresh deaths took the toll in the metropolis to 9,152, the city civic body said. After five days, the financial capital has recorded single-day COVID-19 cases below the 2,100-mark. On September 30, Mumbai had recorded the highest-ever single-day spike of 2,654 COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

22:07 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Maharashtra adds 10,244 new COVID-19 cases, 12,982 recover; 263 die

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of 10,244 fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the total fatality count went up to 38,347 in the state, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week. Remaining 72 deaths were from the period before the last week. (PTI)

13:53 (IST)05 Oct 2020
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13:40 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Thane: 1,430 new COVID-19 cases; tally reaches 181,499

The COVID-19 tally in Thane reached 1,81,499 with the addition of 1,430 new cases in the Maharashtra district, an official said on Monday. The district also reported 30 deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the toll to 4,589, he said.

Out of the new cases, 393 were reported from Kalyan town, 373 from Thane city, 285 from Navi Mumbai, and the remaining from other parts of the district, the official said.

10:50 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Restaurants, hotels resume services today

Restaurants, hotels and bars are set to resume their services starting today. Maharashtra government issued Covid safety guidelines for their resumption and include  mandatory wearing of masks, serving of only cooked food, separate entry and exit points among others.

10:33 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Difficult to follow social distancing in "overcrowded" Mumbai, says Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Sunday said that in Mumbai, state's covid-19 hotspot, social distancing is difficult to follow due to overcrowding. "Now the frequency of local trains in Mumbai has increased and restaurants are opening. It is difficult to follow social distancing as the city is overcrowded. But people have to follow the norms and protect themselves from the virus as health is precious," Tope said. 'However, the government would leave no stone unturned in providing health care facilities to patients in Mumbai," he added.

10:29 (IST)05 Oct 2020
COVID-19 recovery rate in Maharashtra improving, says Tope

"Due to the changing protocol in treatment and medicines", Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Sunday said that the state's recovery rate has improved and fatality rate has dropped. Tope however said that the state is aiming for the fatality rate to come below 1 per cent. (With PTI)

10:25 (IST)05 Oct 2020
993 new COVID-19 cases in Pune city, 38 more die

Maharashtra's Pune city reported 993 new coronavirus cases, which pushed its overall infection count to 1,49,399, a health official said on Sunday. The death toll due to the virus reached 3,647 as 38 patients succumbed to the infection. However, 1,428 patients were discharged from hospitals following recovery, he said. (PTI)

07:26 (IST)05 Oct 2020
13,702 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra; 326 die

Maharashtra recorded 13,702 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, pushing the state's infection tally to 14,43,409, the health Department said. The death toll in the state rose to 38,084 with 326 fatalities, it said. A total of 15,048 patients were discharged during the day, which took the recovery count in the state to 11,49,603, the department said in a statement.

15:42 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Eateries, bars, cafés to maintain customer logs for contact tracing, live entertainment barred

Giving contact details at the door will be part of the new normal of eating out, whether at the local Udipi or a fine dining establishment.

As restaurants, bars and cafes across Maharashtra reopen after a six-month hiatus, the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition government has mandated the maintenance of a daily log of all guests for a period of 30 days to enable contact tracing.

Maharashtra, the worst affected state by the pandemic, has allowed the restaurants, cafes, canteens, dining halls and bars to reopen from October 5 onwards with 50 per cent occupancy. On Saturday, the state’s tourism department issued detailed operational guidelines (SOPs) for these outlets to resume activity. The SOPs have formulated protocols to “make the traceability of the visitors easier.” READ MORE

07:31 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Nashik COVID-19 cases go past 79,000; 17 die

The COVID-19 tally in Nashik district of Maharashtra reached 79,280 on Saturday with a single-day addition of 866 fresh cases, district officials said. With 17 more fatalities, the total toll in the district went up to 1,427, they said. 364 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recoveries so far to 68,409, the officials said.

07:31 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Amravati sees 96 fresh COVID-19 cases; five more casualties

At least 96 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while five died of the infection in Maharashtra's Amravati district on Saturday, an official said. With the latest cases and casualties, the tally in the region has reached 13,867, while the toll stands at 301, the official said. The district had recorded its first 100 deaths by August 18 and reached the 200 mark on September 14, he said. Currently, the death rate in the district is at 2.1 per cent, the official said.

07:30 (IST)04 Oct 2020
COVID-19 cases in Aurangabad go up by 183

With the detection of 183 new cases of COVID-19, the tally in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district reached 34,193 on Saturday, an official said. At least 435 patients were discharged from various hospitals, raising the number of recoveries to 28,678, the official stated in a release. The district has recorded 952 casualties so far, while 4,563 patients are currently undergoing treatment, he added.

07:29 (IST)04 Oct 2020
Maharashtra adds 14,348 new COVID-19 cases; 278 die

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 14,348 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 14,30,861, state health department said. With 278 more people succumbing to the infection, including 151 in the last 48 hours, the cumulative toll in the state mounted to 37,758. A total of 16,835 patients were discharged during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,34,555, the department said, adding that the state now has 2,58,108 active cases. While the case recovery rate in the state is 79.3 per cent, the fatality rate is 2.64 per cent, it said. (PTI)

22:07 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Nashik COVID-19 cases go past 79,000; 17 die

The COVID-19 tally in Nashik district of Maharashtra reached 79,280 on Saturday with a single-day addition of 866 fresh cases, district officials said. With 17 more fatalities, the total toll in the district went up to 1,427, they said. (PTI)

Mumbai covid-19, mumbai covid cases, mumbai sero survey, mumbai slums covid antibodies, covid antibodies in mumbai slum people, indian express news The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) second round of survey covered 5,384 people in three wards – Matunga (F North), Dahisar (R North) and Chembur (M West). (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

At least 190 personnel of the Maharashtra police tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the count of infections in the force to 23,879, an official said Saturday. Apart from this, the death of two police personnel has taken the toll in the department to 250, which includes 25 officers, the official told PTI.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government issued Covid safety guidelines for restaurants which are set to reopen from October 5. These include mandatory wearing of masks, serving of only cooked food, separate entry and exit points among others.

Mumbai serological survey findings

Mumbai detected 2,440 new cases of Covid-19 and 42 deaths, taking the city's tally to 2,10,060, including 9,014 deaths. A second serological survey in Mumbai has revealed that 45 per cent of the slum population surveyed, and 18 per cent in non-slum pockets, was exposed to the disease. The survey was conducted in mid-August. Similar to the first sero-survey, more women were found exposed to and with antibodies against the novel coronavirus than men.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 tally in Pune district of Maharashtra reached 2,89,248 on Friday with the addition of 2,571 new cases, a health department official said. The fatality count went up to 6,687 as 89 patients succumbed to the infection. An analysis of 3,345 deaths due to the coronavirus in Pune till September 29 has found that a majority had co-morbid conditions. At least 99 were brought dead and 2,206 persons, nearly 60 per cent, were above the age of 60.

A second serological survey in Mumbai has revealed that 45 per cent of the slum population surveyed, and 18 per cent in non-slum pockets, was exposed to the disease. The survey was conducted in mid-August. Similar to the first sero-survey, more women were found exposed to and with antibodies against the novel coronavirus than men.

The latest findings are starkly different from the first survey in July, when 57 per cent people in slums and 16 per cent in non-slums were found exposed.

Maharashtra Unlock 5.0: Govt positive on reopening cinema halls

The Maharashtra government is positive about reopening cinema halls and theatres but its priority is to ensure safety of citizens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state Cultural Affairs Minister Amit Deshmukh said on Thursday. During a meeting with representatives of the Theatre Owners Association, Deshmukh said he would discuss the matter with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. Cinema halls and theaters have been shut since last six months in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas are the time when people make a beeline for theatres and cinema halls. This is a good time to restart them. The government is thinking how to reopen them as people's health and safety is paramount," he said. Deshmukh said at present, phase 5 of the unlock process is underway wherein hotels, restaurants, bars have been allowed to open in the state, but cinema halls and theatres will remain closed.

Mumbai BMC orders 72,000 Remdisevir injections

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Wednesday that it has ordered 72,000 vials of the Remdisevir injection for the treatment of critical COVID-19 patients. It has received the first batch of 10,000 vials which were distributed to various hospitals and jumbo (large-scale) COVID-19 treatment facilities in the city, the BMC said in a release. The highest 1,700 vials were handed over to the Director of Medical Education and major hospitals, 1,200 vials to Seven Hills Hospital and800 vials each to KEM, Sion and Nair hospitals in the city, it said in a release.