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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus Live Updates: State energy minister Nitin Raut tests positive

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: With 16 people working at Mantralaya, the state secretariat building, succumbing to Covid-19 so far, government officials have threatened to stop work if the condition of 100 per cent attendance is not withdrawn.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: September 18, 2020 2:42:49 pm
Covid testing in progress at the Navi Mumbai Mahanagar Palika's Meenatai Thackrey Hospital in Nerul East

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: With Maharashtra reporting 24,619 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the total number of infections in the state rose to while the death toll soared to 31,351 with an addition of 398 deaths during the day. As many as 19,522 patients were discharged on Thursday after treatment, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 8,12,354 and the state now has 3,01,752 active cases.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

Mumbai reported 2,389 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count so far, taking the tally to 1,78,275 on Thursday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Also, 43 more patients succumbed to the infection, pushing up the toll to 8,320, it said. The previous highest single-day case count was 2,371, reported on September 10. According to the civic body’s update, the city’s active COVID-19 cases rose to 32,849, the highest in the past couple of months.

With 16 people working at Mantralaya, the state secretariat building, succumbing to Covid-19 so far, government officials have threatened to stop work if the condition of 100 per cent attendance is not withdrawn. In a representation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Federation (MSGOF) and the Maharashtra Mantralaya Officers Association (MMOA) has blamed the lack of precautionary measures and the violation of social distancing norms for the surge in the number of cases, while arguing that the decision mandating 100 per cent attendance of class A and class B officials was ill-conceived.

Prohibitory orders restricting the movement of people have been extended in Mumbai till September 30 in view of rising coronavirus cases, an official said on Thursday. The restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure are in place since lockdown began. They were extended as per the August 31 guidelines about easing of the lockdown of the Maharashtra government, and no new restrictions have been imposed, PTI reported.

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14:42 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Pune hospitals running out of remdesivir for treatment of critical Covid patients

Several hospitals in Pune are now facing an irregular supply of remdesivir, an antiviral drug proven to have had some impact in fighting Covid-19. Late on Wednesday, at KEM hospital, for instance, the administration was struggling to procure remdesivir for a critical patient, while Noble hospital authorities said they paid for the stock of vials but had yet to receive it on Thursday.

At Bharati hospital, too, doctors admitted to a shortage, while at Rao Nursing Home, doctors said they got a limited supply as against the required stock. While Ruby Hall said it had an adequate stock, several doctors said there was an increasing demand for this antiviral drug.

13:37 (IST)18 Sep 2020
No changes in restrictions in effect in Mumbai, says police
The confusion started after a notice under under Section 144 was issued by DCP (Operations) Shahaji Umap on Wednesday, extending the restrictions in place till September 30. File

The Mumbai Police late Thursday clarified that there were no changes in the restrictions in effect in the city after a notice issued by it under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on Wednesday, extending the prohibitory orders till September 30, led to confusion.

The police top brass said the notice was merely an extension of an earlier one issued under Section 144 — prohibitory orders restricting movement of people.

The confusion started after a notice under under Section 144 was issued by DCP (Operations) Shahaji Umap on Wednesday, extending the restrictions in place till September 30.

13:18 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Centre should take loan from World Bank to help states: Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

The Shiv Sena on Friday slammed the Modi government over the economic crisis faced by the country, saying demonetisation and “mishandling” of the coronavirus-induced lockdown were to be blamed for the current situation.

An editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ criticised the NDA government for what it called trying to “wash its hands of the crisis”.

“On March 13, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said there was no health emergency in the country, while on March 22, the Prime Minister imposed a one-day ‘janata curfew’ and on March 24 announced a 21-day lockdown with just four-hour notice,” the Marathi daily said.

12:42 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Covid-19 vaccine tracker, Sept 18: The effectiveness of Moderna shot to be known by November

US biotechnology company Moderna has said it would know about the effectiveness of its coronavirus vaccine by November. Moderna’s vaccine candidate is one of the three undergoing large-scale phase-3 clinical trials in the United States, in which 30,000 participants are being enrolled.

Company CEO Stephane Bancel has said if the vaccine candidate was found to be at least 50 per cent effective, the minimum bar set by the US Food and Drug Administration for approving a vaccine, it would immediately move to apply for an emergency use authorisation.

12:13 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut tests positive

Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut has tested Coivd-19 positive. "I have been tested positive for Covid-19 today. I would like to request to all those who had come in contact with me the past few days to get themselves tested as a precautionary measure.Stay Safe everyone and takecare," Raut said.

10:29 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Pune: With new MCQ format & no model papers to prepare with, SPPU students nervous ahead of final-year exams
In its latest circular, the SPPU administration has clarified that exams would be based on the syllabus completed until March 13. (File)

With barely a few weeks to go before the much-delayed final year/final-term degree examinations are conducted online for the first time at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), students are a nervous lot.

As students will attempt an online multiple choice question (MCQ) format-based examination for the first time, they have several apprehensions. With the university yet to put out a model question paper or question bank, and mock exams scheduled only a couple of days prior to exams, students are baffled on how they are going to prepare for the MCQ format.

09:35 (IST)18 Sep 2020
1,204 doctors to be appointed on contract: Deshmukh
Medical Education Minister Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh.

As active Covid-19 cases crossed three lakh in Maharashtra on Thursday, Medical Education Minister Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh announced that 1,204 medical students, who graduate from various medical colleges, will be hired on contract to fight the pandemic.

As the government plans to fill posts for senior residents and medical officers in government hospitals, data from the public health department shows there is 68 per cent vacancy for class I medical officers, including specialist doctors, and 14 per cent vacancy for medical officers across the state.

Maharashtra crossed a million Covid-19 cases last week, with 23,000 to 25,000 new cases and around 400 deaths being reported every day. On Thursday, the state recorded 24,619 new cases and 398 deaths. At least 36,827 people remain under institutional quarantine and another 3.07 lakh under home isolation and in various Covid centres.

09:00 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: Police inspector succumbs to Covid in Raigad

A Police Inspector posted in Raigad district succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday. The death took the toll in the Maharashtra Police force to 209.

The deceased, Rajendra Pardeshi, who held the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Home) in Raigad district police, was admitted to D Y Patil Hospital in Nerul on September 9 after testing positive for Covid-19. Officials said Pardeshi died on Thursday evening after his health worsened. As of Thursday, 187 constables and 22 officers in the state police force have succumbed to the infection. A total of 20,367 personnel have tested positive so far, of which 3,796 are active cases.

08:39 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: 15% children undernourished in Nandurbar as lockdown hits nutrition schemes

At least 15 per cent of the 1.49 lakh children aged up to six years screened during a drive conducted by the Women and Child Development department in Nandurbar in July has been found malnourished. The drive, the first since the coronavirus outbreak, also found that 7.9 per cent of the children in the age group in Melghat and 2.3 per cent in Palghar were malnourished.

While the three tribal districts have historically reported maximum cases of malnutrition in Maharashtra, officials have pointed out that the higher numbers could be linked to the lockdown since March, which affected nutrition programmes across the state.

According to Women and Child Development department, of the 1.49 lakh children up to six years screened in Nandurbar, 3,710 were found with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 18,644 with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Dr Nitin Borke, Nandurbar district health officer, said the increase in malnourishment is likely because of the return of local migratory population from Gujarat and other parts of Maharashtra.

22:16 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Mumbai records highest one-day spike of 2,389 COVID-19 cases

Mumbai reported 2,389 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count so far, taking the tally to 1,78,275 on Thursday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Also, 43 more patients succumbed to the infection, pushing up the toll to 8,320, it said. The previous highest single-day case count was 2,371, reported on September 10. According to the civic body's update, the city's active COVID-19 cases rose to 32,849, the highest in the past couple of months.

21:41 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Maharashtra records 24,619 new coronavirus cases, 398 deaths

Maharashtra's COVID-19 case tally rose to 11,45,840 on Thursday with the addition of 24,619 cases, the state health department said. With 398 patients dying during the day, the death toll in the state reached 31,351, it said. A total of 19,522 patients were discharged on Thursday after treatment, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 8,12,354, it said, adding that the state now has 3,01,752 active cases. Mumbai city reported 2,411 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 1,78,385. The death toll in the city rose to 8,323, of which 43 were reported on Thursday.

20:32 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Mumbai Police clarifies no new restrictions imposed

The Mumbai Police late Thursday evening clarified that there were no changes in the restrictions in effect in the city after a notice under section 144 issued by the police on Wednesday led to confusion.

The police top brass confirmed that the notice issued was merely an extension of an earlier notice under section 144 and that there were no changes in place. The confusion began after a notice issued by DCP (operations) Shahaji Umap under section 144 was issued on Wednesday that extended the restorations in place till September 30.

The Mumbai police spokesperson DCP N Ambika however soon clarified, " DCP Operations has issued an order under 144 CrPC yesterday which will be applicable in Mumbai city upto 30th September. It is issued as per the guidelines received from the state government on 31st August regarding easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening of Lockdown (Mission Begin Again) and no new/fresh restrictions have been imposed by Mumbai Police."

A senior officer added that order issued u/s 144 CrPC is a mere extension of our previous order (issued on 31st August) and no new/fresh restrictions have been imposed by Mumbai Police

20:15 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Prohibitory orders in Mumbai extended till September 30

Prohibitory orders restricting movement of people have been extended in Mumbai till September 30 in view of rising coronavirus cases, an official said on Thursday. The restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure are in place since lockdown began. They were extended as per the August 31 guidelines about easing of lockdown of the Maharashtra government, and no new restrictions have been imposed, the official said.

19:12 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Coronavirus case tally in Dharavi reaches 2,975

The tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai's slum-dominated Dharavi area rose to 2,975 with 15 new cases coming to light on Thursday, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. The area had recorded 15 new patients on Wednesday too. 2,557 patients from the area have already recovered from the infection while there are 146 active COVID-19 cases. Spread over 2.5 square kilometres and housing a population of over 6.5 lakh, Dharavi is known as Asia's largest slum.

15:04 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Maharashtra Police COVID-19 tally reaches 20,367, death toll 208

At least 364 Maharashtra Police personnel tested positive for coronavirus and four died of the disease in the last 24 hours across the state, an official said on Thursday. With this, 20,367 state police personnel, including 2,218 officers, have so far contracted COVID-19, while 208 have succumbed to the viral infection, the official said. The deceased police personnel include 21 officers. As of now, there are 3,796 active COVID-19 cases in the state police force while 16,363 personnel have recovered from the infection, the official said.

13:33 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Centre should release funds to states from PM Cares Fund to deal with COVID-19: Sena

Stressing that there should no politicisation of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shiv Sena on Thursday asked the Centre to release money to states from the PM Cares Fund and also clear GST dues to help them deal with the coronavirus situation. During the second day of discussion in Rajya Sabha on the pandemic and steps taken by the Centre, Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) took exception to the criticism by some BJP leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, of the measures taken by the Maharashtra government to control the pandemic. (PTI)

12:40 (IST)17 Sep 2020
One million active cases, but less than 20% of caseload

In absolute numbers, Maharashtra has the largest number of active cases, about three lakh. That is not surprising considering that the state has so far seen more than 11 lakh people getting infected with the virus. Pune alone has more than 82,000 active cases. That is more than the number in any state, barring Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Mumbai and Thane together have more than 60,000. Read the analysis here

11:07 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Covid norms violated frequently; PMC to send 3-member squads to check shops & markets

 
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to send three-member squads to check shops and markets, in an effort to crack down on commercial establishments that have not implemented preventive measures against coronavirus infection on their premises. “The civic body has allowed shops and markets to operate from 9 am to 7 pm with mandatory norms, such as customers should be allowed only if they are wearing face masks and they maintain social distance, the shop is sanitised frequently and the temperature of each customer is taken,” said Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar. Read more here

09:06 (IST)17 Sep 2020
PMC to act tough against those not wearing masks, spitting in public places

Reiterating the need of preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday said it would strictly implement the decision of Rs 500 penalty against those violating mandatory use of masks and Rs 1,000 for spitting in public places. In a notification, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said the civic body was working towards containment of Covid-19 by taking decisions as per power entrusted under the Communicable Disease Act, 1897, Disaster Management Act, 2005, Maharashtra Covid-19 Preventive Measures Rules, 2020, and various resolutions of the state government. Read the report here

07:16 (IST)17 Sep 2020
Married man told family he had Covid, won’t live; eloped with girlfriend to Indore: Police

Police have managed to find a married man, who eloped with his lover to Indore in June after lying to his family that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and that he would not survive the infection. According to police, on June 24, Manish Mishra, a supervisor, employed with a clearing agent at JNPT in Navi Mumbai, called his wife and told her that he had tested positive for the virus. He also told her that he would not survive and then switched off his phone, police said. Police further said his family filed a missing persons complaint the next day after he did not return home. Read the news here

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus Live Updates:

At least 15 per cent of the 1.49 lakh children aged up to six years screened during a drive conducted by the Women and Child Development department in Nandurbar in July has been found malnourished. The drive, the first since the coronavirus outbreak, also found that 7.9 per cent of the children in the age group in Melghat and 2.3 per cent in Palghar were malnourished.

While the three tribal districts have historically reported maximum cases of malnutrition in Maharashtra, officials have pointed out that the higher numbers could be linked to the lockdown since March, which affected nutrition programmes across the state.

According to Women and Child Development department, of the 1.49 lakh children up to six years screened in Nandurbar, 3,710 were found with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 18,644 with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Dr Nitin Borke, Nandurbar district health officer, said the increase in malnourishment is likely because of the return of local migratory population from Gujarat and other parts of Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, an officer of the NCB team probing into the narcotics case, in which actor Rhea Chakraborty along with 17 others has been arrested, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Four other members of the SIT have tested negative. “All members of the NCB SIT got tested for Covid-19. The team member, who was earlier tested positive, has been quarantined and all other team members tested negative,” K P S Malhotra, Deputy Director, NCB, said.

Meanwhile, the BMC has sought help from corporators to conduct ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign in Mumbai as part of the state government’s outreach campaign to check the health status of over 40 lakh households in Mumbai to contain the spread of Covid-19.