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Maharashtra Coronavirus July 7 Updates: No need for doctor’s prescription for Covid test in Mumbai now

Hotels in the state have been allowed to reopen from July 8 with a 33 per cent cap on number of guests. Restaurants inside hotels too will be allowed to reopen but allowed to serve only hotel guests.

Coronavirus screening at Mankhud Transit Camp (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra spiked by 5,134 on Tuesday, taking the total count to 2,17,121, the state Health Department said. With 224 more patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll has gone up to 9,250, it said. A total of 3,296 patients were discharged from hospitals in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 1,18,558, an official release said. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 89,294, it said. Meanwhile, Dharavi reported only one new coronavirus patient on Tuesday which took the case tally in the densely populated area in the heart of Mumbai to 2,335. The last time Dharavi had recorded a single new coronavirus case was on April 5, three months ago.

People can test themselves for coronavirus infection at designated private laboratories in Mumbai without a doctor’s prescription, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Tuesday. Earlier, a doctor’s prescription was needed for a test. Meanwhile, hotels in the state have been allowed to reopen from July 8 with a 33 per cent cap on number of guests. Restaurants inside hotels too will be allowed to reopen but allowed to serve only hotel guests. The government is yet to take a decision on allowing the opening of standalone restaurants across the state.

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed confidence that the battle against COVID-19 would be won in 21 days, but it has been over 100 days and the crisis still persists. The fight against COVID-19 is more difficult than the mythological war of Mahabharata, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said, adding that the battle against the pandemic will continue till 2021 as the disease vaccine won’t be available before that. The war of Mahabharata lasted for 18 days. Prime Minister Modi had exuded confidence (in March) that we will win this battle against COVID-19 in 21 days. But it has been over 100 days and the coronavirus still persists and those fighting it have become tired, the Shiv Sena said.

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2.11 lakh cases in Maharashtra; Hotels to open in Maharashtra tomorrow. Get latest updates from Mumbai, Pune and other Maharashtra cities here.

22:26 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Unlock: Maharashtra govt extends closure time of shops by two hours

Further relaxing the lockdown restrictions, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday decided to allow markets and shops to remain open for additional two hours from July 9. Markets and shops can now remain open from 9 am to 7 pm, an extension of two hours from the existing closing deadline of 5 pm, in non-containment zones.

Issuing a notification to this effect, the government said it aims to control or reduce crowding.

In the municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur, markets have been permitted to remain open on all seven days of the week, it said. However, shops in these areas will function on alternate days.

22:00 (IST)07 Jul 2020
At 806, Mumbai records lowest cases in nearly 2 months

The coronavirus tally in Mumbai rose to 86,132 on Tuesday with the addition of 806 new cases - lowest singe-day figure in nearly two months - while the death of 64 patients took the toll near the 5,000-mark, the city civic body said.

With 806 new infections and 64 deaths, the tally of COVID-19 cases increased to 86,132, while the toll rose to 4,999, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). This was the lowest number of COVID-19 cases recorded in a day in Mumbai in 55 days.

Earlier on May 13, 800 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the metropolis. In Mumbai, the first COVID-19 patient was detected on March 11, while the first death was recorded on March 17. According to the BMC, the number of recovered patients
rose to 58,137 as 985 more people were discharged from hospitals.

21:52 (IST)07 Jul 2020
1,388 cases in Thane district on Tuesday, count now 45,264

The COVID-19 count in Thane district reached 45,264 after 1,338 people were detected with coronavirus infection on Tuesday, while 45 deaths during the day took the toll to 1,353, an official said. The surge in cases in Kalyan continued as it accounted for 381 of the 1,338 new cases, followed by 296 from Thane city, while Mira Bhayander, Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar civic areas reported 160, 115 and 119 cases respectively.

"Thane city accounted for 16 of the 45 deaths in the district on Tuesday. Bhiwandi, for the second day in a row, did not report any deaths, and the new cases also declined to 30," he said.

20:41 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Maharashtra COVID-19 fatalities rise by 224; case tally 2,17,121

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra spiked by 5,134 on Tuesday, taking the total count to 2,17,121, the state Health department said. With 224 more patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll has gone up to 9,250, it said. A total of 3,296 patients were discharged from hospitals in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 1,18,558, an official release said. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 89,294, it said.

19:45 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Dharavi reports only one new Covid case on Tuesday

Mumbai's Dharavi area reported only one COVID-19 positive case on Tuesday for the first time since April 1 when the first case was traced to the area. The total count of cases from Dharavi is 2,335. The last time Dharavi had recorded a single new coronavirus case was on April 5, three months ago.

19:39 (IST)07 Jul 2020
BMC revises guidelines, doctor's prescription not required to get COVID-19 test in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revised its testing guidelines and will now allow COVID-19 test without a doctor's prescription. The civic body's move came after ICMR had instructed them to increase their testing capacity. BMC conducts an average of 4,000 to 4,500 tests daily. Earlier, a doctor's prescription was mandatory for having the COVID-19 test.

18:41 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Celebrate Ganesh festival with simplicity: Mumbai mayor

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday expressed the need to celebrate the upcoming Ganesh festival with simplicity.

In her appeal to 'mandals' or organising bodies, the mayor has asked them to celebrate the festival as an 'Aarogya Utsav'. Pednekar made this appeal while reviewing preparedness of 'Arogya Utsav' announced by famous Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. The mandal has cancelled celebration of the festival, beginning August 22, in a traditional manner in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

Instead, it would organise a blood donation camp and a plasma donation programme in coordination with the civic body during the festival period of ten days.

17:47 (IST)07 Jul 2020
New COVID facilities add 3,520 beds to Mumbai healthcare infrastructure

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday dedicated to people new field hospitals having the collective capacity of 3,520 beds in Mulund, Dahisar, Mahalaxmi Racecourse and BKC. The online event was also attended by ministers Aslam Shaikh and Aaditya Thackeray, and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) tweeted.

The dedicated COVID-19 health centre in Mulund, with the capacity of 1,700 beds, has been set up by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), a planning agency of the state government. The 900-bed centre in Dahisar (east) has been set up with the help of the Mumbai Metro, the CMO said.

17:07 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Burglars wearing PPE kits flee with 780 gm gold in Maharashtra

Burglars wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits broke into a jewellery shop in Satara district and walked away with 780 gm gold, police said on Tuesday. CCTV footage from the shop, located in Phaltan area, shows the burglars taking hold of the gold jewellery from the showcases and cupboards within, police said.

The footage of the 2-day-old incident during the coronavirus-induced lockdown shows the burglars wearing caps, masks, plastic jackets and hand gloves taking the jewellery from the display cases. A case has been registered at the Phaltan police station after a complaint by the jewellery shop owner, who said the burglars took away 78 'tola' (one tola is 10 gm) gold, police said. The shop owner said the burglars broke in through the shop wall, police said.

16:22 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Pleas for lawyers under essential services: HC seeks govt reply

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Maharashtra government over two separate petitions seeking that services rendered by lawyers be declared as 'essential services' amid the coronavirus-enforced lockdown. The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) and a criminal writ petition, both seeking the same relief. A bench led by Justice Amjad Sayed directed the state to file its reply to the PIL within two weeks, while a bench led by Justice S S Shinde directed the state and the Bar Council of India to respond to the writ petition by Friday.

The PIL has been filed by lawyers Chirag Chanani, Sumit Khanna and Vinay Kumar through their counsel Shyam Dewani.

15:46 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Thane: Recovered COVID-19 patients urged to serve at hospitals

The district administration of Thane in Maharashtra has urged recovered COVID-19 patients to serve at treatment centres and hospitals to meet the need for more staff as coronavirus cases continue to rise, an official said on Tuesday. Nodal officer for Thane rural Dr Nitin Mokashi said if a person contracts coronavirus once, it is unlikely that he or she can get infected again after recovery.

Recovered patients can serve at hospitals and COVID-19 treatment facilities, which need more staff as infections continue to rise, he said. A 200-bed COVID-19 hospital in Binar needed the services of recovered patients who will be paid as per the government norms and also get other benefits, he said. There were plans to set up a similar 200-bed hospital at Dugad Phata in Bhiwandi and 400-bed facility at Ganeshpuri to meet the rise in COVID-19 cases in the rural areas of the district, Mokashi said.

15:04 (IST)07 Jul 2020
No intention to allow street vendors to resume business: Maharashtra to HC

The Maharashtra government Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that at present it does not have any intention of allowing street vendors to resume their business in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported. "They (street vendors) are an unregulated sector as of now and permitting them to carry on with their business amid the COVID-19 outbreak would lead to further spread of the disease among the society at large," Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told a division bench.The advocate general was responding to a public interest litigation filed by one Manoj Oswal, raising concerns of street vendors being without income due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Oswal's counsel argued that since hotels and restaurants are allowed to operate, street vendors should also be allowed to conduct their business activities.

14:29 (IST)07 Jul 2020
68% Covid-19 cases in city police are of cops deployed in containment zones: Pune top cop

Close to 70 per cent of Covid-19 positive cases in Pune Police are of personnel deployed in containment zones, said Police Commissioner K Venkatesham on Monday. As of Monday, the number of positive cases in Pune Police was 160, of which 43 are active and three have died to date. Pune city, at present, has 109 micro-containment zones, where a large chunk of the police force has been deployed at entry and exit points, and also to ensure adherence to safety norms in public places.

Venkatesham told The Indian Express, “68 per cent of cases among the police are of those deployed in containment zone duties. Those deployed in these high-risk areas are being provided with additional safety utilities. We urge people to follow the three-tenet rule of distancing, mask and sanitization, to lessen the burden of enforcement on the police.”

14:00 (IST)07 Jul 2020
MH12 : Pune own N95 face masks by Venture Centre

After delivering over one lakh face shields to police and medical personnel in Pune and other cities since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, Pune’s Venture Centre has now come up with its own variant of N-95 face masks. Called MH12, the concept, design, and manufacture was completed within two months and the team is now gearing up to donate these masks to government hospitals and police, on priority.

The name N95 is given to the mask as it is able to filter up to 95 percent of the harmful particles, aerosols or droplets in the air. As per international standards, the Particle Filtration Efficiency (PFE) of such a mask is at least 95 per cent. However, in India, the PFE is fixed at 94 per cent. The MH12 masks have a PFE of 99 per cent, Venture Centre said. “There were two mask designs that were top contenders — one with a PFE of 96 – 97 per cent and another with 99 per cent. The latter was finalised for manufacturing purpose,” said Pravin Chavan, member of the Pune Masks Action Group at the Centre, who led the group making MH12. He also said the present manufacturing capacity of 5,000 MH12 masks can be scaled up if there is more demand.

After successful testing masks with users at hospitals, the manufacturing began on Tuesday.
13:31 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Limited oxygen beds, rising cases: Pune DC makes strong pitch for home isolation

With limited availability of oxygen beds and 1,000 to 1,200 cases surfacing daily due to increased testing capacity, the Pune district collector on Monday made a strong pitch for home isolation of asymptomatic Covid-19 patients.

“People are just not willing to isolate at home. Even if they are asymptomatic, the minute they test positive (for the novel coronavirus), they prefer to get hospitalised. Home isolation is the need of the hour and additional Covid care centres are being set up if there is limited space at some people’s homes,” said Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram, in an online address to the media.

Across Pune district, there are 29,403 positive cases, of which 17,329 patients have recovered and been discharged. Data till 3 pm on Monday, however, shows that there are 608 critical patients, of which 444 are in PMC limits, 126 in PCMC areas and others in rural and cantonment areas.

Across Pune district, there are 29,403 positive cases
13:10 (IST)07 Jul 2020
In Mumbai’s northern suburbs, over 60% Covid-19 cases from highrises

Over 60 per cent of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai’s northern suburbs, including Dahisar, Borivali and Kandivali, have been reported from highrises, according to the data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

As of July 5, Zone 7 – which covers R/South (Kandivali, Charkop), R/Central (Borivali, Gorai), and R/North (Dahisar) – has reported 7,625 Covid-19 cases, of which 4,847 (63.5 per cent) are from buildings or non-slum areas.

The BMC data also revealed that 1,815 buildings and floors out of the total 3,302 sealed have been reopened. Currently, 1487 buildings are sealed in Zone 7, of which over half (761) are from Borivali and Gorai areas, where 78 per cent Covid-19 cases are from highrises. In Zone 7, BMC has traced 68,198 high risk contacts while 1,42,721 have been identified as low risk.

12:36 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Over 15 lakh quarantined in Mumbai since virus outbreak: BMC

More than 15 lakh people have been quarantined in Mumbai after contact-tracing so far since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city civic body said. Out of these, 5.34 lakh people were identified as high-risk contacts, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. So far, 13.28 lakh people have completed their 14-day quarantine. As of now, 2.46 lakh people are under home quarantine and 14,288 under institutional quarantine, the BMC said on its website. Out of 14,288 people under institutional quarantine, 11,409 are lodged at 328 CCC-1 (COVID care centre) facilities, which have a collective capacity of over 50,000 beds, while 2,879 are kept at 57 CCC-2 facilities, having more than 6,100 beds, the BMC said.

11:40 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Shiv Sena says COVID fight difficult than Mahabharata; targets PM Modi

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed confidence that the battle against COVID-19 would be won in 21 days, but it has been over 100 days and the crisis still persists. The fight against COVID-19 is more difficult than the mythological war of Mahabharata, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said, adding that the battle against the pandemic will continue till 2021 as the disease vaccine won't be available before that.

The war of Mahabharata lasted for 18 days. Prime Minister Modi had exuded confidence (in March) that we will win this battle against COVID-19 in 21 days. But it has been over 100 days and the coronavirus still persists and those fighting it have become tired, the Shiv Sena said. We left Russia behind in terms of the number of cases. We will attain the number one slot in this unfortunate area if the number of cases continue to go up," it said.

11:09 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Uddhav inaugurates job portal for ‘sons of soil’, domicile certificate must

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday inaugurated the ‘Mahajobs’ portal, an industrial employment bureau that will offer job opportunities to the youths of the state. To register on the portal, the Shiv Sena-led government has made it mandatory for the youths to produce domicile certificates in order to seek jobs in various industries.

Industries Minister Subhash Desai said that the condition of the domicile certificate has been introduced to ensure that the “sons of the soil” get jobs in the industries. “Having a domicile certificate is one of the conditions put forth to register on the portal. It will ensure the compliance of the existing norm that 80 per cent of the jobs should go to local youths in industries,” he added at the online inauguration of the portal.

10:44 (IST)07 Jul 2020
India's COVID-19 tally crosses 7 lakh-mark with 22,252 fresh cases, toll rises to 20,160

India's COVID-19 tally raced past the seven lakh-mark with 22,252 fresh infections on Tuesday, five days after crossing the six lakh post, while the death toll climbed to 20,160 as 467 more people succumbed to the disease, according to the Union health ministry. With this, the country has recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fifth consecutive day.

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India has now recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fifth consecutive day.

The dry fish market in Nehru chowk, Shukrawar Peth in Pune, reopened for business on Sunday.

Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 6,555 new cases of Covid-19, taking the statewide count to 2.06 lakh. It also reported an overall toll of 8,822, with 151 people succumbing to the virus.

Mumbai reported 1,287 fresh cases – 19 per cent of the cases reported on Sunday – taking the number of infected in the city to 84,524. With at least 69 deaths being reported, Mumbai has recorded a toll of 4,899 until Sunday.

While Thane district in MMR recorded 349 new cases, the figure for Pune district was 882, taking their case load to 11,959 and 22,236, respectively. Along with Mumbai, Thane and Pune districts now account for 57 per cent of the total state load.

Maharashtra’s fatality rate stands at 4.2 per cent and recovery rate at 54 per cent. Of the over 11 lakh people tested so far, 18.5 per cent have been found to be infected. Health officials said the high positivity rate is due to targeted testing and slowly rising viral transmission in the community.

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