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Maharashtra Coronavirus July 1 Highlights: 5,000 new Covid cases detected; death toll breaches 8,000-mark

Maharashtra's coronavirus case tally rose to 1,74,761 on Tuesday with addition of 4,878 new patients while the death toll mounted by 245, including 57 fatalities in Mumbai, to 7,855, state health department said.

| Mumbai | Updated: July 2, 2020 8:12:15 am
Maharashtra is one of the worst-affected states in India.

Maharashtra’s coronavirus case tally rose to 1,80,298 on Wednesday with addition of 5,537 new patients while the death toll mounted by 198 to 8,053, state health department said.

The number of coronavirus positive patients in Palghar, a predominantly tribal district of Maharashtra, crossed the 5,000-mark on Wednesday with the addition of 257 cases, PTI reported. The case count in the district now stands at 5,239, the state department said in a release.

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Meanwhile, the Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to conduct rapid antigen detection tests for diagnosis of Covid-19 after a couple of days, a top official told PTI. He said the move will decrease burden on the National Institute of Virology (NIV) and other laboratories.

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Maharashtra, which has the maximum number of coronavirus cases in the country, has extended the lockdown till July 31. According to the latest guidelines issued on Monday, shopping, outdoor exercise and movement for all other non-essential activities have to be limited to neighbourhood areas. No such curbs were announced when such activities were first permitted from June 5 as part of the ‘Mission Begin Again’ initiative.

Meanwhile, India recorded 507 deaths and 18,653 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to 5,85,493, including 17,400 deaths.

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With over 1.7 lakh cases, Maharashtra is the worst-affected state in India; State records 4,878 fresh cases; Lockdown extended till July 31.

21:08 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Maharashtra govt to requisition private ambulances for COVID patients

In view of rising number of coronavirus patients, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to requisition private ambulances and other vehicles which will be used to ferry patients to hospitals.

The decision was also taken following complaints that private ambulances are charging exorbitant rates for providing services, said an official release here.

A Government Resolution (GR) or order issued by the Health Department said district administrations will take over private ambulances and other on-hire private vehicles.

As the number of COVID-19 patients is on rise, there is a need for more ambulances, the release said.

Private vehicles on hire, which can be used as ambulances with minor modification, will be requisitioned alongwith their drivers, the release said. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)01 Jul 2020
COVID-19 count up by 5,537 to 1,80,298; death toll 8,053

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,80,298 on Wednesday with the addition of 5,537 cases, the state health department said. The death toll due to the virus reached 8,053 with 198 more people succumbing to the infection, it said.

As many as 2,243 patients were discharged post-recovery on Wednesday, which took the number of recovered persons to 93,154 in the state, it added.

So far, 9,92,723 people have been tested across the state and the number of active cases is 79,091, the health department said in a statement.

20:01 (IST)01 Jul 2020
4,938 cops infected by coronavirus, 60 of them dead: Anil Deshmukh

As many as 4,938 police personnel in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far and 60 of them have succumbed to the viral infection, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Wednesday. He said 38 of the 60 deceased were from the Mumbai Police force.

As many as 3,813 of the 4,938 infected police personnel have recovered from COVID-19 disease while over 1,000 others are currently under treatment, the home minister said in a statement.

The number of the offences registered under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has risen to 1,39,702 since the lockdown came into force, it said.

A total of 29,298 arrests were made for violation of the lockdown norms and 85,780 vehicles impounded. There have been 290 instances of assaults on policemen and 860 arrests were made, Deshmukh said. (PTI)

18:52 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Palghar district's case count crosses 5,000-mark

The number of coronavirus positive patients in Palghar, a predominantly tribal district of Maharashtra, crossed the 5,000-mark on Wednesday with the addition of 257 cases, the administration said.

The case count in the district now stands at 5,239, it said in a release.

So far, 134 people have succumbed to the infection, of whom three died in the last 24 hours, the administration said.

Areas under the Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation (VVCMC) alone accounted for 4,137 positive cases, while the rural parts of the district recorded 1,102 cases, it said. (PTI)

17:20 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Nashik records 18 new COVID-19 cases; tally at 4,270

As many as 18 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been detected in rural areas of Maharashtra's Nashik district, taking the tally to 4,270 in the region, a health official said on Wednesday.

Swab reports of 18 suspected patients came out positive for the infection late on Tuesday night, the official said.

Of the 4,270 coronavirus cases in the district, Nashik city accounts for 2,180, followed by Malegaon at 1,034, while 932 were reported from other parts, a release here stated.

At least 124 patients from outside the district had also received treatment in Nashik, it was stated. (PTI)

16:41 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Bombay HC seeks govt's reply on disposal of Covid-19 biomedical waste

The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to clarify whether it was ensuring that all coronavirus-related biomedical waste generated in the state was being disposed of in a safe manner.

A bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta issued notices to the Maharashtra government, the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) in Thane district, and the state pollution control board on Tuesday.

The court said this was an "important issue", and asked the authorities to respond to a Public Interest Litigation which claimed that untreated COVID-19 biomedical waste generated by hospitals, pathology labs was being dumped at the Aadharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan, in violation of all the central waste disposal guidelines. (PTI)

16:11 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Covid-19: Pune civic body set to start rapid antigen tests

The Pune civic body in Maharashtra has decided to conduct rapid antigen detection tests for diagnosis of COVID-19 after a couple of days, a top official said on Wednesday. He said the move will decrease burden on the National Institute of Virology (NIV) and other laboratories.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has received one lakh rapid antigen testing kits, he said.

"We had placed an order of antigen rapid testing kits and received one lakh such kits. We will start conducting this test in the next couple of days after providing hands-on training to our staff posted in swab collection centres in the city," said PMC commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad.

He said the accuracy rate of the rapid antigen test is 90 per cent which gives out results within 30 minutes.

"The test is cost-effective one and there is no need for laboratory examination of the samples," Gaikwad said. (PTI)

15:05 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Covid-19 cases in Thane district nearly doubled in 15 days

The Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane district have nearly doubled in the last 15 days and risen considerably since May 1, a data released by the authorities revealed.

According to a health bulletin, Thane district, which had detected just 1,011 coronavirus cases till May 1, has recorded 33,324 infections till Tuesday night.

In the last 15 days alone, the cases in the district have nearly doubled from 17,008 to 33,324, it stated. The deaths too have seen a rise from 29 casualties till May 1 to 1,064 so far, the data stated. (PTI)

14:24 (IST)01 Jul 2020
60 Maharashtra Police personnel have died due to COVID-19 so far

As many as 60 Maharashtra Police personnel, including 38 from Mumbai Police, have died of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the disease. (PTI)

14:18 (IST)01 Jul 2020
CM Uddhav performs 'mahapooja', prays for miracle to overcome Covid crisis

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray performs 'mahapooja' of Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur on Ashadhi Ekadashi, prays for miracle to overcome coronavirus crisis.

13:50 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Section-144 extended in Mumbai, movement of one or more persons in containment zones prohibited

Section-144 has been imposed in Mumbai by Commissioner of Police Pranaya Ashok, prohibiting any presence or movement of one or more persons in public places or gathering of any sort anywhere, including religious places subject to certain conditions, in view of COVID-19.

12:51 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Developed from tool to track home-quarantined residents, app catches man who violated externment order
Pune City police had operationalised ExTra in the second week of June. (Representational)

Pune police on Tuesday registered a case of externment violation against a person with a criminal record, after his breach of order was detected by newly-launched application ExTra, a spin-off of the geolocation-based tool used for tracking home- quarantined persons.

The facial recognition and geolocation-based application ExTra (Externees monitoring and Tracking system) is a spin-off of the Home Quarantine Tracking System (HQTS), used initially by Pune Police and Maharashtra Police to monitor people who had been asked to remain in home quarantine. Pune City police had operationalised ExTra in the second week of June.

12:44 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Virus cover claims double in a week; most from Maharashtra, Delhi

With India’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections’ tally climbing to 5.66 lakh on Tuesday, general insurers have received 28,000 claims for Rs 445 crore till Monday. In fact, claims have doubled in a week with most claims coming from Maharashtra and Delhi, insurance officials said. According to officials in the non-life industry, average claims for Coronavirus is around Rs 2-2.5 lakh in urban areas and around Rs 50,000-75,000 in semi urban or rural areas. In many cases, where the condition of patient is severe and have been admitted in an intensive care unit (ICU) the claims are in the range of Rs 6-8 lakh.

Along with the rapid rise of Covid-19 cases in the last fortnight, the claims on account of Covid-19 have also gone up in equal proportion in the country, they said. “Insurance claims have practically doubled during the week,” said industry sources. Read More

12:06 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Maharashtra: Consulting experts for formulated response to rising number of cases among cops, says Deshmukh
Anil Deshmukh in the meeting in Pune on Friday. (Photo from Anil Deshmukh Twitter)

EVEN AS more police personnel from Maharashtra test positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19), state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday said experts were being consulted to formulate a response to the rising number of positive cases and deaths in the force. With the addition of 118 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of positive cases in Maharashtra Police force has reached 4,861, as per data shared by the state police headquarters on Tuesday.

Of these, 3,699 cops have recovered and 59 have succumbed to the infection. As many as 2,779 personnel are from Mumbai Police. Of them, 2,127 have recovered and 38 have died. Out of the total recovered personnel in Mumbai Police, 1,300 have reported back to work. Close to 6,000 police personnel across the state are either in home or institutional quarantine as of Tuesday.

10:44 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Mumbai's Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal not to hold Ganeshotsav due to Covid-19

Mumbai's Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal has decided not to hold Ganeshotsav this time in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. A blood and plasma donation camp will be set up in its place, said Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal according to news agency ANI.

"Instead of celebrating Ganeshotsav in a grand way, Labaughcha Raja Mandal will donate the amount to CM's Relief Fund. We will also felicitate families of martyrs who have lost their lives at LOC & LAC, " Sudhir Salvi, Secretary of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal, said

10:41 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Case registered against 6 police constables for not reporting to duty since last 2 months

Case registered against 6 police constables for not reporting to duty since last 2 months despite being served notice: Mumbai Police (ANI)

10:24 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Private unaided schools may take fees in installments, allow online payment: Bombay HC
Aggrieved by the decision, educational institutions across the state had approached the HC.

Maintaining that the Maharashtra government does not have the power to issue an order barring private unaided schools from hiking fees for six weeks for the academic year 2020-21 in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bombay High Court has said that it was mindful of the difficulties faced by the parents and that the schools may consider allowing them to pay the fees online and in reasonable installments.

The HC on June 26 had stayed for six weeks a May 8 state government resolution (GR) that had barred private schools from hiking fees. The GR had also directed the schools not to collect yearly one-time fees for academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21 and give parents an option to deposit the same on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Aggrieved by the decision, educational institutions across the state had approached the HC.

 
09:38 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Just In | India reports 507 deaths, 18,653 coronavirus cases in last 24 hours; total cases at 5,85,493

Meanwhile, India recorded 507 deaths and 18,653 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to 5,85,493, including 17,400 deaths, 2,20,114 active cases, 3,47,979 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

09:21 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Praja Foundation report: ‘Wards with most containment zones lagging in civic amenities’
Of 4,853 citizens’ complaints last year these five wards reported 1,984, while 5,371 complaints regarding overflowing drains (of the total 14,351) were received from these wards, the report adds.

Areas with poor civic facilities are more susceptible to the proliferation of Covid-19 cases, a study conducted by NGO Praja Foundation has found. The Foundation’s annual report on the status of civic issues in Mumbai, released Tuesday, states the top five administrative wards in Mumbai — L (Kurla), S (Bhandup), K west (Andheri), M-east (Govandi, Mankhurd) and R south (Kandivali) — with the maximum concentration of containment zones, reported the most complaints related to water shortage, drain overflowing, and unattended garbage.

According to the data compiled by the BMC’s centralised complaint registration system last year, 1,420 complaints on water shortage, of the total 3,084 recorded across the city, were registered from these five wards, the report states.

08:39 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Complete lockdown in Mira Bhayander, Thane for 10 days
On June 3 when lockdown rules were eased in Maharashtra, TMC had reported 4,019 cases and 84 deaths. 

The Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will observe a total lockdown for 10 daysbeginning July 1 and 2, respectively, in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in these urban centres.

On June 3 when lockdown rules were eased in Maharashtra, TMC had reported 4,019 cases and 84 deaths. Since then, while the number of cases has increased by 139 per cent to 9,644, fatalities have jumped by 275 per cent to 315.

Mira Bhayander, meanwhile, has registered a 385 per cent jump in the number of Covid-19 cases during the same period – from 699 to 3,396 cases. Its fatality rate has increased by 861 per cent – from 13 to 125 deaths during the same period.

Sanitisation work at Turbhe Naka slum area in Navi Mumbai (Express photo by Narendra Vaskar)

To reduce Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai hospitals, the BMC on Tuesday released a nine-point protocol that will be followed under the new initiative ‘Save Lives Strategy’. BMC noted that many deaths in hospitals occur as patients remove oxygen to go to the toilet, especially between 1 am and 5 am. Under the new protocol, it will now be mandatory for every bed to be provided with a bed-pan. It will also be mandatory for junior and senior doctors to conduct meetings twice a day for updates on patients, either through video conference or telephonic conversation.

Meanwhile, a study conducted by NGO Praja Foundation has found that areas with poor civic facilities are more susceptible to the proliferation of Covid-19 cases.

Maharashtra is close to conducting 1 million tests by this week. By Monday, it had conducted 9.43 lakh tests. While Maharashtra has a positivity rate (number of people testing positive against the total tests conducted) of 18 per cent, Mumbai stands at 23.04 per cent, indicating higher viral transmission within the city.

In the new lockdown rules released yesterday, norms governing movement of public for shopping, outdoor physical exercise and non-essential travel have been issued. A proposal to increase staff in private offices from 10 per cent to 25 per cent has been deferred. So has the unlock of export-oriented industrial units and also those that are in located in areas inside the special economic zones and industrial estates within the municipal corporation areas of MMR.

The order mentioned that “staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets, industrial and commercial establishments”.

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