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Maharashtra Coronavirus July 11 Updates: Dharavi a global role model of Covid management, says Uddhav Thackeray

The Asia's largest slum, which was once declared a COVID-19 hotspot, has managed to flatten the curve of the viral spread.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: July 12, 2020 10:32:25 am
Healthcare staff conduct screening at a housing society in Dharavi on Thursday. (Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran)

After WHO praised the Covid management efforts taken in Mumbai’s Dharavi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday said the slum has emerged as a global role model for arresting the spread of coronavirus. The Asia’s largest slum, which was once declared a COVID-19 hotspot, has managed to flatten the curve of the viral spread.

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During a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said that there were various examples from across the world that have shown that even if intense outbreak can be brought back under control. “And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” he had said.

With 7,862 new cases, Maharashtra on Friday witnessed its highest ever single day record in fresh Covid-19 infections, taking the state burden to 2.38 lakh. Mumbai with 1,337 new cases has till now reported 90,461 infections. With 226 deaths registered on Friday, the toll in the state stands at 9,893. In Mumbai, which saw 73 more people succumbing to the virus, the toll is 5,205.

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown News Live Update: 7,862 cases in state; Lockdown in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad from July 14, extended in Thane. Get latest updates here.

21:23 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Sahasrabuddhe criticises Maha govt for 'lockdown again' approach, gives 5-point suggestions

BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe on Saturday criticised the Maharashtra government's decision to impose lockdown in certain areas to curb COVID-19 spread, saying this will impact people's livelihood and advised him to stick to reopening of the economy with adequate caution and discipline. In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, he said people are expressing their "anguish and frustration" at the "lockdown again" policy being strictly implemented in cities like Thane and other cities around Mumbai and Pune. (PTI)

19:28 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Sachin Tendulkar appeals to people to donate plasma

Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar appeals to recovered Covid patients to come forward and donate plasma.

18:11 (IST)11 Jul 2020
BMC Assistant Commissioner succumbs to coronavirus

BMC's Assistant Municipal Commissioner of H-east ward (Bandra east) Ashok Khairnar succumbed to COVID-19 on Saturday.

18:04 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Dharavi a global role model of Covid management, says Uddhav Thackeray

After WHO praised the Covid management efforts taken in Mumbai’s Dharavi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday said the slum, which is one of the world’s largest, has emerged as a global role model for arresting the spread of coronavirus.World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had during a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday said that there were various examples from across the world that have shown that even if intense outbreak can be brought back under control. “And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” he had said.

17:34 (IST)11 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Two held for selling remdesivir at high prices

Two persons were arrested in Mira Road township of Maharashtra's Thane district for allegedly selling medicines used in coronavirus treatment at high prices, the police said on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, the district rural police on Friday nabbed Sonu Darshi (25) and Rodrigues Raul (31) from Saibaba Nagar locality for allegedly selling vials of remdesivir injections at exorbitant prices, an official said. The police seized four vials of the injection from the accused, who were selling each vial for Rs 20,000 as against the original price of Rs 5,400, he said. (PTI)

17:27 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Covid-19 in Maharashtra jails: 774 cases, 444 recovered, 4 deaths

A total of 774 COVID-19 cases have been reported from 14 jails in Maharashtra so far, comprising 600 inmates and 174 staff, most of whom have recovered while four have died, an official said on Saturday. Nagpur Central Jail is the worst-affected with 219 cases, followed by Mumbai Central Jail which has 181, while Akola and Solapur prisons have 72 and 62 cases respectively, the prisons department official said. "Of the 596 inmates, 351 have recovered. Of the 174 jail staff who were infected, 93 have now recovered. Four inmates have died of the infection so far," he added. (PTI)

15:38 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Proactive screening helped curb Dharavi's COVID-19 spread: BMC

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) lauding the efforts taken to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 in Mumbai's Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, the local civic body said "proactive screening with the assistance of private doctors and community support helped it in the fight against the disease". WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had said during a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday that there were many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control.

Talking to PTI on Saturday, Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Commissioner of the G North ward of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the civic body had to change its traditional approach of waiting for patients, contact tracing, isolation and home quarantine to begin proactive screening instead.

15:28 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Everyone will have to adjust to new normal: Arjun on resuming work amid COVID-19 pandemic

After Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and a few others, Arjun Kapoor too, has resumed shooting after a long hiatus due to the nationwide lockdown. Arjun Kapoor recently got back to work and advocated for others to do the same while following all safety precautions. In a statement, Arjun said, “I think every one of us will have to adjust to the new normal and slowly start resetting our lives. Things have changed forever but we will all have to work, we will all have to support our families. So, everyone concerned will make their environment as safe as possible so that all are protected and we resume some sort of normalcy on our work front. I shot for the first time after 4 months.”

14:44 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Pune: Lockdown announcement makes residents queue up outside shops

Soon after the Pune district administration declared a 10-day strict lockdown from July 14, the city witnessed panic buying in stores, leading to the violation of social distancing norms recommended to check the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The district administration has said that milk supply and medicine stores will remain unaffected during the ten days. However, it did not give confirmed clarification on services that will be affected for the period. Residents queued up at grocery stores to get necessary supplies for the coming days. “I have to stock groceries to meet needs for the next few days,” said Suresh Jadhav, who had rushed to buy groceries in Hingne Khurd. “Though the lockdown has been announced for ten days, considering the situation, no one knows the time it can be extended till.”

14:37 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Covid-19 cases go past 800 in Amravati

A rise of 25 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday took the total count in Amravati district of Maharashtra to 820, a health official said. The new cases were reported from various areas in the city and villages. The case count in the district stood at 700 as on July 6.

14:11 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Wholesale markets in Pune to remain closed, essential supply likely through FPCs

Supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and food grains is likely to be affected during the 10-day lockdown scheduled from July 14 as Pune’s wholesale market will remain closed. The onus might once again fall on Farmers Producers Companies (FPCs), which had kept the supplies running during the first few phases of the lockdown. Unlike the previous nationwide lockdown, this time the wholesale market of Pune will remain shut. Both Popatlal Ostwal, president of Pune Merchants Chambers, and Rohan Ursal, secretary of Traders and Commission Agents Association of the fruits and vegetables wings of the market, confirmed that the markets will remain closed. B J Deshmukh, administrator of the market, has sent out a video message urging farmers, traders and commission agents not to come to the market for the duration of the upcoming lockdown.

14:06 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Industries urge Maharashtra admin to keep their operations out of 10-day lockdown

The announcement of a 10-day lockdown in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad has taken industrial belts, which have just started reporting some traction in their business, by surprise. Industrial associations have urged the state administration to keep their operations out of the lockdown. The announcement of the lockdown has caused great constrain in the industrial heartland, which has just started reporting some business after the prolonged lockdown of almost three months. Many, especially in the micro, small and medium (MSME) sector, have pointed out that another lockdown will end all prospects of their recovery this fiscal. “If we are not allowed to do business, the government should not expect us to be punctual about paying salaries or retaining our staff,” said some unit owners.

13:55 (IST)11 Jul 2020
WHO chief praises efforts to control COVID-19 in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum

The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to contain the spread of the Covid-19 in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, underscoring the need for community engagement along with national unity and global solidarity to turn the pandemic around. Addressing a virtual press conference here on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control. “And some of these examples are ItalySpain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” Ghebreyesus said.

13:33 (IST)11 Jul 2020
BMC releases helplines of Covid ward rooms in Mumbai
13:20 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Experts: Lockdown unfortunate, will not stop infections

While for most hospitals, a second lockdown may temporarily offer respite and help bring down Covid-19 infections, several experts have termed the decision as ‘unfortunate’. Prof L S Shashidhara, professor at IISER, Pune, who recently moved to Ashoka University, said the lockdown is unfortunate and is not going to stop the infection. “This will just give some breathing time for augmenting Covid care centres to provide better care and in making contact tracing more effective. Self-distancing, wearing masks and self-isolation, if a person is found symptomatic, is crucial. Those who have symptoms and do not report will continue to spread the infection. If these people come early and isolate themselves it will help reduce the spread of the infection and save lives,” Prof Shashidhara said. He urged people to cooperate, as lockdowns are not a solution to deal with this crisis. “It has its own impact on the livelihood of poor people, which will only aggravate the problem,” he said.

13:07 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Pune civic chief among those not enthusiastic about lockdown

Among those who expressed reservations about the need to bring back lockdown were heads of municipal corporations in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Pune Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad told The Indian Express he had opposed the move in the meeting. “I said at the meeting that the lockdown will not benefit the citizens. Cases will rise as we are in the process of conducting more tests. If we reduce the number of tests we are carrying out, then the cases will come down, but that would be against the government norms,” Gaikwad said. Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said he too was opposed to the idea of another lockdown. “But the latest decision has been taken in view of the demand from peoples’ representatives. It has been taken to break the chain of transmission. Also, it is important to remove the fear from the public mind. Asymptomatic people are afraid of getting isolated at home. They want admission in hospitals. We cannot accommodate so many people at the facilities available,” he said.

12:32 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Dengue cases rising across Maharashtra

As the death toll from coronavirus in Maharashtra inches closer towards the 10,000 mark, an increase has been reported in the number of dengue cases. The state health department has registered 1,279 confirmed cases of dengue till June this year. The mosquito-based infection has claimed two lives in Nagpur. Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, said Kolhapur district has reported 100 cases and Kolhapur municipal corporation areas 137 positive cases of dengue. Satara district has reported 69 cases while Pune district has reported 58 cases. Solapur district has also reported 58 cases of dengue while Nashik has reported 74 cases and Thane 70. Mumbai has reported 41 cases of dengue and Nagpur 15.

12:03 (IST)11 Jul 2020
226 Covid deaths in Maharashtra on Friday

With a record single-day increase of 27,114 cases, India's Covid-19 tally zoomed past the eight-lakh mark on Saturday, just four days after crossing the seven-lakh post, according to health ministry data. Of the 519 new deaths reported on Saturday, 226 are from Maharashtra.

11:53 (IST)11 Jul 2020
3-storey BMC building for hospital used as ‘guesthouse’, civic body under attack

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is spending crores of rupees on setting up healthcare facilities to fight Covid-19, its three-storey building reserved for health facilities in Goregaon is being used as a ‘guesthouse’. Although there is a board outside the building calling it ‘maternity home and dispensary’, it was being used till recently by the staff of LLMH which has another hospital a few metres away from the building. Local BJP corporator Priti Satam had visited the maternity home last week and made a video highlighting the misuse of the health facility at the time of the pandemic. “We are spending crores on setting up Covid care centres. This is shameful and serious negligence by civic staff. We have a three-storey ready building. It could have been used for Covid care or else for non-Covid treatment," he said.

11:13 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Maharashtra: 300 beds added to Covid-19 hospitals in rural Thane

As many as 300 additional beds were made available in Covid-19 hospitals and treatment facilities in rural areas of Maharashtra's Thane district, an official said on Saturday, PTI reported. At least 500 more beds will soon be made available for COVID-19 patients and this will take the bed capacity to 2,000 in Thane rural, district health officer Manish Renge said. Sufficient beds were available at the district civil hospital and IGM Hospital in Bhiwandi, apart from other government-run hospitals in the district, he said.

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To break the chain of transmission amid an “alarming” rate of spread of Covid-19 cases, the Pune district administration has announced a 10-day lockdown in the municipal limits of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and some adjoining areas from July 14 to July 23. With Covid-19 cases also continuing to rise in Thane despite it being under lockdown, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) too extended the restrictions till July 19. TMC had earlier announced a lockdown from July 2 to July 12.

Meanwhile, Tocilizumab and Remdesivir, two drugs that are still undergoing trials as possible treatment for Covid-19, are in huge demand even as scientific evidence on their efficacy is awaited.

Unlike Delhi, the new infections in Maharashtra still far outnumber the daily recoveries, and that is what has been happening at the national level too. The total number of infections in the country has now crossed 7.67 lakh, out of which more than 4.76 lakh, or about 62 per cent, have already recovered from the disease. More than 21,000 people, or about 2.75 per cent of those infected, have so far died.

Even as the state continues to remain the worst-affected in terms of Covid tally in the country, Dharavi, the densely populated slum in Mumbai, reported nine new cases, taking the tally to 2,347 on Thursday. Mumbai accounted for only 31 per cent of fresh deaths on Wednesday, as opposed to 58.7 per cent a month ago on June 8.

More than 300 incidents of attack on police personnel have been reported in Maharashtra during the imposition of the coronavirus-induced lockdown and subsequent relaxation of norms, PTI reported. At least 86 police personnel were injured while enforcing prohibitory orders and 863 persons have been detained in connection with over 300 attacks reported till date, the official said.

In the latest incident, an assistant police inspector sustained injuries after he was manhandled by some men at Ambi village of Paranda tehsil in Osmanabad district, he said. Meanwhile, at least 72 police personnel, including five officers, have died of coronavirus infection so far, the official said.

After nearly over a month, the Union Health Ministry Thursday held a press briefing to address the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the country. While the ministry categorically denied India reaching the stage of community transmission, it admitted that there have been some localised outbreaks of the virus.

The Centre’s assertion came on a day India registered a record single-day surge of 24,879 Covid cases, taking the caseload to 7,67,296. The death toll climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities. The ministry maintained that the pandemic situation is still better in the country on the basis of cases per million population in the world.

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