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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: Count crosses 15 lakh-mark, 302 die

Mumbai city reported 2,823 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall count to 2,22,784, while its toll rose to 9,296 with the death of 48 more patients.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: October 11, 2020 11:07:49 am
Prabhu Shisharnappa Banshette, 37, offers rides to citizens, including Covid-19 patients, wearing a PPE kit in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally on Friday crossed the 15 lakh-mark with the addition of 12,134 cases, a health department official said. The case count now stands at 15,06,018, he said. The state reported 302 deaths on Friday, which took the fatality count to 39,732, the official said. A total of 17,323 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the recovery count to 12,29,339. The state now has 2,36,491 active cases. Mumbai division, which comprises Mumbai city and its satellite towns, reported 4,614 new cases, taking the count to 5,21,070.

A total of 16,760 people have died so far in the region, the official said. Mumbai city reported 2,289 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall count to 2,25,073, while its death toll increased to 9,343. Of them, 47 died on Friday. The number of cases in the Pune division stood at 3,93,387 and deaths at 8,628, the official said.

Pune city added 713 new cases, which took its tally to 1,63,617, while 17 deaths took the toll to 3,702. Nashik division’s cumulative case tally stood at 2,02,754 and death toll at 3,935, while Kolhapur division reported 1,01,468 cases and 3,175 deaths. The case count in Aurangabad division stood at 56,025 and death count at 1,441. Latur division has so far reported 61,981 cases and 1,742 fatalities, Akola division 46,360 cases and 1,055 deaths and Nagpur division 1,12,222 cases and 2,833 fatalities, the official said. A total of 23,00,588 people are currently under home quarantine in the state, while 24,972 others are in institutional quarantine, he added.

The state has so far conducted 74,87,383 tests.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally is as follows: Positive cases: 15,06,018, new cases: 12,134, death toll: 39,732 discharged: 12,29,339, active cases: 2,36,491, people tested so far: 74,87,383.

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18:59 (IST)10 Oct 2020
BJP backs religious bodies' token fast for opening of temples

The Maharashtra unit of the BJP on Saturday announced its support for a token fast to be observed by various religious bodies on October 13 to demand reopening of temples in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In an official statement, the party's state unit chief Chandrakant Patil said, "The state government has given permission to open liquor shops, restaurants and beer bars, but has kept temples and other religious places closed for more than seven months."

The BJP has decided to extend its support to the token fast, which will be undertaken by heads of various religious bodies on October 13, Patil said. "We have asked our party workers to join the cause in their respective districts. The agitation will be held outside
temples across the state," he added. Earlier in August, the saffron party had staged "ring the bell" agitation across the state, demanding reopening of places of worship, which have remained shut for over seven months in light of the pandemic.

(PTI)

18:43 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Air India to resume service to Mumbai

Air India would resume direct flights on the Mumbai-Mangaluru-Mumbai sector from October 12, the airline said. Months after the suspension of the service due to the pandemic, the airline is to operate flights four days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight would leave Mumbai at 10.15 am and arrive here at 12 pm. The flight from here would depart at 12.40 pm and land in Mumbai at 2.20 pm, the airline said in a statement.

13:17 (IST)10 Oct 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained| More recoveries than new cases for 7 straight days, a new record

For seven straight days now, the detection of new cases of coronavirus infection in the country has remained lower than the number of people recovering from the disease. This is the longest unbroken run for this trend so far.

The new detections have remained lower than the recoveries on 17 of the last 22 days, resulting in an important reduction in the number of active cases in the country, from a high of 10.17 lakh to less than 8.9 lakh. On Friday, about 73,000 new infections were detected, while nearly 83,000 people were declared to have recovered from the disease. (Read our explainer here)

10:28 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Tripura-cadre IAS officer dies of COVID-19 in Maharashtra

 A 35-year-old IAS officer of the Tripura-cadre died of COVID-19 on Friday, authorities at a private hospital here said.

The official, who was being treated at a hospital in Aurangabad in central Maharashtra, was shifted to Pune but was declared `brought dead' on arrival at Ruby Hall Clinic here on Friday afternoon, they said.

The 2015-batch IAS officer who hailed from Maharashtra had recently returned to his home in Parbhani district on leave.(PTI)

09:07 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Restaurants in Thane district reopen today

Restaurants, food courts and bars in Thane city will reopen from Saturday between 7 am to 11:30 pm.Eateries can reopen in Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation too. But the business hours for eateries there would be between 8 am to 10 pm.

The Maharashtra government earlier this month had allowed restaurants and bars to reopen as part of the easing of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.(PTI)

09:01 (IST)10 Oct 2020
1,957 new coronavirus cases in Pune district

Pune district reported 1,957 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 3,03,349, a health official said on Friday evening. With 46 fatalities, the death toll in the district reached 7,074, he added. "Of the 1,957 cases, 697 were detected in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 1,52,897 cases so far. (PTI)

22:04 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Mumbai's COVID-19 tally rises to 2,25,048

As per BMC statement, Mumbai's COVID-19 tally has risen to 2,25,048 with 2,287 new cases; 47 deaths risen to 9,340

20:48 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Maha govt postpones MPSC exam scheduled for Oct 11

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced that the MPSC exam scheduled to be held on October 11 has been postponed. Thackeray announced the decision after meeting Maratha outfits and the cabinet sub-committee on Maratha quota.

This is for the third time the government has postponed the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam since the outbreak. The chief minister said there was a demand from the candidates that they needed more time to prepare for the exam as libraries in the state are still shut due to COVID-19.  "After discussing with all the stakeholders, we have decided to postpone the MPSC exam scheduled for October 11," he said.

"There was a demand (from candidates) for more time to study as educational institutes and libraries are still shut due to the pandemic. We are coming out of the lockdown now, but the number of cases are still rising," Thackeray said, adding that this exam for 200 posts had been postponed twice earlier.

"All the students who were eligible to appear for the exam on October 11 will be allowed to do so whenever it is held in future," he said.  Maratha outfits, protesting against the Supreme Court's stay on implementation of quota for the community, had been demanding that these exams be postponed.

20:32 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Maha govt has no 'post COVID-19' economic plan: Mungantiwar

Senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Friday attacked the Uddhav Thackeray government over its fiscal policies and accused it of not having any "post COVID-19 plan" to rejuvenate Maharashtra's economy. Mungantiwar, finance minister in the previous BJP government under Devendra Fadnavis, said the state can approach the Reserve Bank of India to take a loan on the basis of gross state domestic product (GSDP) to give relief to people hit by the economic downturn due to the outbreak and lockdown.

He said Maharashtra can take loan of up to Rs 1.6 lakh crore on the basis of its GSDP. "Around 20,000 crore can be taken as loan to give relief to common citizens," he added.

"The government does not have any post COVID-19 plan focusing on development projects, farming sector, industries, MSMEs etc, or creation of jobs," Mungantiwar alleged.

16:23 (IST)09 Oct 2020
No objection now to increase local train frequency: Maha to HC

The Maharashtra government on Friday told the Bombay High Court that it does not have any objection now to increase the frequency of local trains in Mumbai and said the services may be used by the general public provided they wear masks and follow social distancing norms.

Presently only persons working in essential services are permitted to use the local trains that are running in limited numbers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni on Friday told a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni that the state government has no objection if the frequency of the trains is increased and if the same is open to everyone, including those in non-essential services.

"The state has no objection now. But people are not wearing masks and do not maintain social distancing. It is almost like people would rather wear an oxygen mask in the ICU bed of a hospital than a face mask covering their nose and mouth," Kumbhakoni told the court.

"Coronavirus has not booked a return ticket. It is here to stay. Hence people need to be careful," Kumbhakoni said and gave example of late singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, who was infected with COVID-19 "because of a mistake of sharing a mike with another person".

11:45 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Under Covid-19 shadow, medical tourism begins a slow recovery

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the country got 6.97 lakh foreign patients on medical visa in 2019, accounting for 6.9 per cent of foreign tourist arrivals. While there are no official numbers yet for 2020, by all estimates, Covid brought the medical tourism sector to a halt in mid-March, when international travel froze and major centres such as Delhi and Mumbai turned into hotspots. Read Tabassum Barnagarwala's report

11:43 (IST)09 Oct 2020
State has no authority to put more restrictions on collecting fees during pandemic, private schools tell HC

Private educational institutions running schools and their associations told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that a May 8 government resolution (GR), which restrained them from collecting increased fees for the academic year 2020-21, was invalid, as the Maharashtra government was acting beyond its authority and the restrictions put forth had no statutory backing.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni was hearing a clutch of pleas filed by educational institutions, including Association of Indian Schools (which runs ICSE and CBSE-affiliated schools), Global Education Foundation, Kasegaon Education Trust and Sant Dnyaneshwar Mauli Sanstha. Read Omkar Gokhale's report

22:21 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Maharashtra reports 13,395 cases, 15,575 recoveries

Maharashtra reported 13,395 new COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 14,93,884 on Thursday, while a higher number of 15,575 patients were discharged following recovery. The toll rose to 39,430 after 58 more patients succumbed to the infection. A total of 15,575 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of recovered people to 12,12,016. With this, the state now has 2,41,986 active cases. Mumbai city reported 2,823 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall count to 2,22,784, while its toll rose to 9,296 with the death of 48 more patients. Pune city added 808 COVID-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,62,904, while 27 deaths took the toll to 3,689.

18:16 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Mumbai's slum area Dharavi records 8 new COVID-19 cases

Mumbai's slum locality Dharavi reported eight new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily count in nearly two weeks, taking its tally to 3,300 on Thursday, the city civic body said. According to a senior BMC official, 2,820 COVID-19 patients from Dharavi have already recovered and discharged from hospitals. The densely populated slum-dominated area has only 187 active COVID-19 patients at present, the official said. (PTI)

15:54 (IST)08 Oct 2020
1,857 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 43 more deaths

Thane district in Maharashtra has added 1,857 new COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 1,85,799, an official said on Thursday. The district also reported 43 deaths due to the viral infection on Wednesday, raising its toll to 4,687, he said. On Wednesday, Thane city reported 414 new COVID-19 cases, followed by Kalyan-389, Navi Mumbai-356 and Mira Bhayander-223. The remaining cases were detected in other parts of the district, the official said. Out of the total cases, Kalyan has so far reported 44,781 cases, Thane city-39,358, Navi Mumbai-39,091 and Mira Bhayander-19,788, he said.

21:38 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Maharashtra govt launches Covid Kavach App

State Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh launched the Covid Kavach App, which will help connect Covid patients discharged from hospitals and facilitate donation of plasma, at an online programme on Wednesday. The app aims to provide impetus to the Platina Plasma Project of the state government in informing users of the app about risks and best practices, analyse data as well as provide a news feed and post their queries to healthcare workers. Its features include tracking discharged patients and how a user can add more than one of his or her family members to the app. It will prove useful in collecting data of senior citizens and children who might not have access to a smartphone, said Dr Sameer Joshi, vice-dean of B J Medical College.

21:35 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Maharashtra: 14,578 new coronavirus cases, 355 deaths, 16,715 recover

Maharashtra's coronavirus tally on Wednesday reached 14,80,489 with 14,578 fresh cases coming to light, a state health official said. With 355 new fatalities being reported, the death toll in the state reached 39,072, he said. But on the other hand, 16,715 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the tally of recovered patients in the state to 11,96,441. There are 2,44,527 active cases in the state now. Mumbai city reported 2,848 new cases which pushed its overall case count to 2,19,961, while death toll in the city rose to 9,248 with 46 new fatalities. Pune city added 966 cases, which took its case tally to 1,62,096, while 13 deaths took toll to 3,662. The state has so far conducted 73,24,188 coronavirus tests.

21:34 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Nagpur adds 976 new COVID-19 cases; 22 die

The COVID-19 tally in Nagpur district of Maharashtra rose to 84,081 on Wednesday with a single-day addition of 976 new cases, an official release said. With 22 deaths, the toll went up to 2,704, it said. The count of recoveries in the district mounted to 71,602 with 835 people getting discharged in the day, the release said. The district now has 9,775 active cases.

14:32 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Maharashtra panel proposes ceiling prices for masks well below Centre’s rate

A Maharashtra government-appointed expert committee, set up to fix the market price of masks, has proposed ceiling prices that are well below the rates fixed by the Centre. The committee has proposed a ceiling price for an N-95 mask at Rs 19, down from Rs 135; for 3-ply meltblown mask at Rs 4, down from Rs 16; and for 2-ply mask at Rs 3, down from Rs 10. The report was submitted to the government by the four-member committee on Tuesday.

14:08 (IST)07 Oct 2020
World Bank praises efforts to arrest COVID-19 spread in Mumbai's Dharavi

The World Bank on Wednesday praised the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Mumbai's Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, saying its success stemmed from a combination of “customised solutions”, community involvement and perseverance. Observing that effective approaches have tapped the skills and dedication of community members, the World Bank said that in Mumbai, city officials were able to stem the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Dharavi, one of the city's largest urban settlements, by mobilising community members and staff from private medical clinics for a strategy based on mass screening for fever and oxygen levels.

The Washington-based global lender, in its biennial Poverty and Shared Prosperity report, said that in the space of three months, by July 2020, reported cases in the area had been cut to 20 per cent of their peak in May.

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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.