Mumbai News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 1,855 new Covid cases, two deaths; Mumbai alone logs 840 infections
Mumbai News Live, Maharashtra News Live, Mumbai Covid News August 20, 2022: Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle led with 1,229, followed by Pune Circle (263), Nashik Circle (117), Nagpur Circle (112), Kolhapur Circle (48), Latur Circle (33), Akola Circle (27) and Aurangabad Circle (26).
A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at Gateway of India, in Mumbai. (PTI, file)
Mumbai News, Maharashtra Today: Maharashtra on Saturday reported 1,855 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, which took the tally to 80,82,551 and the toll to 1,48,193, a health department official said. A day earlier, the state saw 2,285 cases and five fatalities. Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle led with 1,229, followed by Pune Circle (263), Nashik Circle (117), Nagpur Circle (112), Kolhapur Circle (48), Latur Circle (33), Akola Circle (27) and Aurangabad Circle (26).
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Mumbai Traffic Police’s control room has received several text messages on the WhatsApp number of its helpline, threatening a “26/11-type” attack, an official said on Saturday. Prima facie, the number from which the messages have been sent is from outside the country, he said. “Text messages were received on the WhatsApp number of the Mumbai police’s traffic helpline operated from the control room located at Worli in central Mumbai around 11 pm on Friday,” the official said.
The Bombay High Court on Saturday granted bail to the former driver of Indrani Mukerjea who had turned an approver against her and the other co-accused in connection with the alleged murder of Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora. Shyamvar Rai was granted bail on grounds of parity as Mukerjea was released on bail by the Supreme Court recently. With this, all four booked in the case are out on bail.
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An abandoned yacht was Thursday found adrift off Maharashtra, carrying three AK-74 rifles and ammunition, briefly setting off a security scare before officials ruled out a terror angle. The yacht’s sailing master, also the husband of its Australian owner, told The Indian Express that the weapons were meant as protection against Somali pirates — and that he now wants the vessel back. A senior Coast Guard official, meanwhile, confirmed that the weapons were all legal.
Following an uproar in the Legislative Council over the rape of a 35-year-old woman from Bhandara in Gondia, Neelam Gorhe, Deputy Chairman of the Council, on Thursday directed the government to ensure the survivor receives free medical aid and is provided security. The second day of the Monsoon Session witnessed drama as soon as the House convened, with the Opposition demanding that the case be discussed and all other businesses planned for the day be adjourned.
To reinforce the plastic ban in Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to take action against hotels and restaurants still using single-use plastic for home delivery of food. The civic body first plans to meet hotel owners’ associations to explore other options for use, and chart a road map to eliminate use of plastic. It will also propose options such as using steel containers for delivery.
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