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