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Maharashtra Coronavirus July 3 HIGHLIGHTS: Curfew in Aurangabad; BMC to buy 15,000 vials of Remdesivir today

Maharashtra crossed a million mark in testing with 10,20,368 Covid-19 tests conducted until Thursday. It crossed the one lakh mark in recording recoveries too. Till Thursday, 1,01,172 lakh people had been treated and discharged.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: July 4, 2020 8:39:27 am
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In an attempt to break the chain of the Covid-19 infection, a 10-day lockdown has been enforced in Thane district beginning Friday. The move comes after five municipal corporations in Thane district, including Thane Municipal Corporation, Mira Bhayander, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan Dombivali and Ulhasnagar, had announced a similar lockdown in their areas.

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Maharashtra crossed a million mark in testing with 10,20,368 Covid-19 tests conducted until Thursday. It crossed the one lakh mark in recording recoveries too. Till Thursday, 1,01,172 lakh people had been treated and discharged.

Maharashtra also recorded 6,330 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, its highest count of cases in a single day, taking the total to 1,86,626. The last highest count was recorded on June 27. The state also recorded its highest count of those recovered and discharged on Thursday with 8,018 discharged from across all districts. In all 125 deaths were reported taking the state toll to 8,178.

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Maharashtra Mumbai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown News Update: 10-day complete lockdown in Thane from today; state crosses 1 million tests, one lakh recoveries. Follow LIVE updates

20:10 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Coronavirus cases in Dharavi slum grow by eight to 2,309

he COVID-19 case count in Dharavi, Mumbai's biggest slum, increased to 2,309 as eight new cases were reported on Friday, a senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The civic body has, however, stopped disclosing the number of deaths from the slum dominated area since the last few days without specifying any reason. The BMC official said that Dharavi now has only 551 active COVID-19 cases, as 1,672 patients have been discharged post recovery.

Dharavi's COVID-19 case doubling rate is 140 days as per the average of last seven days and its average growth rate is 0.55 per cent, he said. Dharavi is said to be the largest slum in Asia spread over 2.5 square kilometres of area and has a population of around 6.5 lakh. (PTI)

18:18 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Maha govt taking all steps to break coronavirus chain: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that the state government has been making all efforts to break the chain of coronavirus transmission. He said this during a visit to Thane on Thursday evening, during which he held talks with senior officials from the district and took stock of the COVID-19 situation. 'The government has been making all efforts to break the chain of coronavirus transmission in the state. Within 10 days, all the facilities related to COVID-19 will be made available in Thane district. Five testing centres would be set up for Badlapur Ambernath rural areas in the district,' Tope said. (PTI)

16:13 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Forming panel for prisoners' release shows govt indulgence: HC

The Bombay High Court on Friday said that the formation of a high-powered committee to release undertrials and prisoners from jails was "indulgence" shown by the state government to avoid crowding in prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice N J Jamadar said that not every prisoner can claim the right to be released on temporary bail due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The court was hearing a petition filed by Preeti Kartick Prasad challenging several orders passed by the by high-powered committee by which prisoners, accused of or convicted for serious offences or under special Acts cannot be released on bail. (PTI)

15:06 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Beauty parlour employees wear PPE as they resume work in Pune

Beauty parlour employee wears PPE kit while at work in Kothrud, Pune, on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Ashish Kale)

14:59 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Steps taken for safe disposal of COVID-19 victims' bodies: BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Friday told the Bombay High Court that it was taking adequate measures and diligently following the guidelines issued for the safe disposal of bodies of those died due to COVID-19, reported PTI. The civic body was responding to a plea filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar, in which he alleged that there were several lapses in handling of bodies of COVID victims in crematoriums at Shivaji Park in Dadar, at Sion in central Mumbai and at the Chandanwadi crematorium in south Mumbai. As per the petition, the crematorium staff there are not provided with safety gears like PPE kits, masks and sanitisers.

14:31 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Don't mislead people on Coronil : Minister warns Patanjali

The Coronil drug manufactured by yoga guru Ramdevs Patanjali Ayurved Ltd does not cure Covid-19, Maharashtra FDA Minister Rajendra Shingne said on Friday and warned of action if the firm confuses the people of the state claiming otherwise. The coronavirus cannot be treated using the Coronil drug brought in by Patanjali. Action will be taken with the help of the home department under the act if Patanjali creates confusion among people or misleads the people claiming the drug cures coronavirus, an official statement quoted Shingne as saying. Shingne noted that the Union AYUSH Ministry, too, has clarified that Patanjali can sell Coronil but only as an immunity booster. The minister said the people were getting confused also due to the name of the drug corona + nil = Coronil and asked them to note that the medicine does not cure the disease.

13:36 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Woman MLA, husband test positive for coronavirus

A woman MLA has tested positive for coronavirus in Thane district of Maharashtra, becoming the fourth legislator from the area to contract the disease, a senior civic official said on Thursday. The MLA tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, he said. Her husband tested positive for the infection on Thursday and both of them have been home quarantined, the official said. She has become the fourth legislator to test positive for COVID-19 in Thane district. Earlier, two MLAs and an MLC had contracted the disease.

12:57 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Curfew in Aurangabad to contain Covid spread

The police in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city have imposed a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am to curb unnecessary movement of people, an official said on Friday. As per the orders passed by the police commissioner on Thursday, only vehicles engaged in medical services and those belonging to industries with valid passes will be allowed to ply during curfew hours. The administration has also advised citizens not to step out unnecessarily and purchase essentials from shops located within 2-km radius from their homes, the official said. The order that came into effect from Friday will be in force till July 15, he added.

12:41 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Will need to borrow to pay salary in August: Maharashtra minister

The Maharashtra government is facing a severe funds crunch and will need to resort to borrowing to pay the salaries of its staffers from next month, state minister for Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Vijay Wadettiwar said on Thursday. Wadettiwar claimed the state has not received a “single penny” from the Union government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Wadettiwar was in Pune to chair a meeting of SARTHI (Shahu Research and Training Institute), an institute set up by the state government in 2017 for the welfare and training of students from the Maratha community. While explaining the delay in paying stipends to SARTHI students, Wadettiwar said the pandemic, the heavy expenditure incurred on tackling it and the revenue loss caused by the lockdown has led to a great fund crunch for the state.

11:50 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Mumbai: BMC to buy 15,000 vials of Remdesivir from Hyderabad-based company

The BMC will order 15,000 vials of Remdesivir on Friday for its civic-run hospitals to treat moderately to severely ill Covid-19 patients. It will buy the drug from Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Hetero Healthcare at a cost of Rs 4,144 per vial. Until weeks ago, Bangladeshi companies, with no approval from Indian regulators, were offering the same vial at Rs 12,000. A BMC official said they received the lowest quotation from Hetero Healthcare from among all the licensed manufacturers they had approached for the drug. Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug first developed by Gilead Sciences for Ebola treatment in 2014. It remains an investigational drug for Covid-19 treatment with initial studies showing contradictory findings.

11:23 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Only 70 donors: Doctors appeal to recovered Covid patients to donate plasma

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday had made a public appeal, calling for plasma donation by people who have recovered from Covid-19. The plea comes in the backdrop of hesitancy amongst recovered patients in donating plasma, with only 66 of the 93,154 recovered patients in the state coming forward for donation since the CM’s appeal. In Mumbai, BMC has managed to get only 70 donors. On Thursday, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said each district will have a plasma centre. While experts said the number of donors is picking pace, more donors are needed and soon. Blood banks in the city said recovered patients refuse to donate because they are scared of returning to the hospital.

10:58 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Bhiwandi sees 1,186% spike in cases: Residents blame civic authorities

Located 50 km away on the northern fringe of Mumbai, Bhiwandi particularly has suffered badly from Covid-19, witnessing a 1,186 per cent spike in cases since the lockdown was eased in early June. While authorities have blamed the spike on unwillingness of locals to follow lockdown rules, there is anger among locals that the government left them to fend for themselves. In early June, Bhiwandi had 176 cases with only six deaths. The number today stands at 2,265 cases with 121 deaths. For the town’s 8.5 lakh residents, till June 20 their only access to government healthcare was the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital that offered 110 beds, of which only 37 were supported by oxygen, including eight ICU. There was only one quarantine centre of 300 beds that the city shared with patients from the Kalyan-Dombivali municipal corporation and a fever clinic. In spite of the squalid conditions that many residents live in, the corporation till June 20 was testing only 150 patients daily.

09:56 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Mumbai: FIR against Nanavati hospital for overcharging Covid patient

The BMC registered an FIR against Mumbai’s Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital on Thursday for allegedly overcharging the family of a woman who died of Covid-19 in May. The 52-year-old woman died in mid-May after being treated at the hospital for 13 days. After her death, her family was presented a bill of Rs 6 lakh. The family then complained to the BMC, claiming that the hospital had given them an inflated bill. Following an inquiry, a case was filed against the hospital under the IPC for violating an order issued by a public servant. A senior police officer said that in the FIR, the BMC alleged that the hospital had overcharged the woman’s family for the use of PPE kits and other safety and sanitation equipment.

09:39 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Entire Thane dist under 10-day lockdown

The Thane collector on Thursday announced a 10-day lockdown beginning Friday in the entire district. The move comes after five municipal corporations in Thane district, including Thane Municipal Corporation, Mira Bhayander, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan Dombivali and Ulhasnagar, had announced a 10-day lockdown in view of the burgeoning Covid-19 cases in their areas. Two other municipal corporations — Panvel at Raigad district and Vasai-Virar in Palghar — had also announced similar lockdowns. With this move, seven of the nine municipal corporations abutting Mumbai have announced a lockdown.

02:55 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Maharashtra: State crosses 1 million tests, one lakh recoveries

Maharashtra crossed a million mark in testing with 10,20,368 Covid-19 tests conducted until Thursday. It crossed the one lakh mark in recording recoveries too. Till Thursday, 1,01,172 lakh people had been treated and discharged. Read more here

01:03 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Pune: Rising shortage of isolation, ICU beds at major hospitals

EVEN AS 800 to 1,000 fresh cases of Covid-19 are being recorded daily, providing critical care has become a worry due to the rising shortage of isolation beds with oxygen supply and beds under intensive care, especially at some major hospitals in the city. More than 5,000 samples are being tested daily and the total number of positive cases is fast nearing 25,000. Read more here

23:45 (IST)02 Jul 2020
50 more containment zones in city, PMC to seal off smaller areas that see ‘surge’

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday once again redefined containment zones in the city by adding 50 new ones, taking the total number of such zones in the city to 109. The civic body has also empowered assistand municipal commissioners of ward offices to seal specific areas, buildings or housing societies which report a ‘surge’, or multiple Covid-19 cases, inside and outside containment zones. Read more here

22:21 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Maharashtra tests over million people

Maharashtra on Thursday crossed a million mark in Covid-19 tests. Until Thursday, the state had tested 10,20,368 people for Covid-19. So far, 1,01,172 people have been treated and discharged in the state.

20:49 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Amravati records 10 fresh COVID-19 cases

As many as 10 persons, including an 18-month-old boy, tested positive for coronavirus infection in Maharashtra's Amravati district on Thursday, an official said. With the detection of the new cases, the district's COVID-19 tally now stands at 602, the official said.

According to a release issued by the district administration, of the 10 fresh cases, six were reported from Ashoknagar locality and remaining from other parts of the district. (PTI)

20:49 (IST)02 Jul 2020
BMC to buy 15,000 vials of Remdesivir

The BMC will order 15,000 vials of Remdesivir on Friday for its civic-run hospitals to treat moderately to severely ill Covid-19 patients. It will buy the drug from Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Hetero Healthcare at a cost of Rs 4,144 per vial.

Until weeks ago, Bangladeshi companies, with no approval from Indian regulators, were offering the same vial at Rs 12,000. A BMC official said they received the lowest quotation from Hetero Healthcare from among all the licensed manufacturers they had approached for the drug.

Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug first developed by Gilead Sciences for Ebola treatment in 2014. It remains an investigational drug for Covid-19 treatment with initial studies showing contradictory findings.

While few studies have found no clinical change in Covid-19 patients with this drug, a US-based study conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has found patients on the drug recovering faster. More details here.

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Maharashtra Mumbai Coronavirus News Live Updates:

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday performed a 'mahapooja' at the Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur, on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.

"I prayed to Mauli. We want to see a miracle. Show us a miracle. Human beings have given up. We don't have medicine. There is nothing. How to go on with life by covering the mouth with a strip," the Chief Minister tweeted after performing the 'mahapooja' at 2 am, along with his wife Rashmi.

Speaking after the 'mahapooja', Thackeray said he prayed to Lord Vitthal to make the country coronavirus-free. 'Warkari' couple Vitthal Badhe and Anusuya Badhe, from Chinchpur-Pangul village in Pathardi taluka of Ahmednagar district, performed the mahapooja along with the Thackerays.

Meanwhile, the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal, which installs Mumbai’s most famous Ganpati idol, on Wednesday announced cancellation of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The mandal will not install the Ganesh idol this year, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal’s secretary Sudhir Salvi told reporters.

It will organise blood and plasma donation camps and provide financial assistance to the families of policemen who died of Covid-19, he said.

Maharashtra continued to contribute the largest number of new cases every day even as its rate of growth slowed down progressively, but the main drivers of growth were other states. Maharashtra now accounts for 29.8 per cent of India’s caseload, which is down from about 35 per cent at the end of May. The state currently has 12 per cent of all the active cases in the country. At the end of May, it had 18 per cent.

More than 3.86 lakh people in India were found infected with novel Coronavirus in the month of June alone, putting the country amongst the four worst affected nations in the world. Only the United States, Brazil and Russia have more cases, and at least one of them, Russia, is likely to be overtaken by India within a week, if the current trends continue.

India had 1.98 lakh confirmed cases of the disease on May 31, and in the next one month this number has risen to 5.85 lakh. The last two lakh cases were added in just 12 days.