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Maharashtra Coronavirus highlights: Maharashtra reports highest one-day count of 13,165 cases

Mumbai reported 1,132 new cases and 46 deaths, taking its tally to 1,31,542 and the toll to 7,268. The number of active cases in Mumbai stood at 17,914.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: August 20, 2020 9:51:30 am
maharashtra coronavirus, coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus cases, mumbai news, corona news, mumbai corona cases, mumbai latest news, mumbai coronavirusA Covid-19 swab testing camp at Shell Colony in Chembur West, Mumbai on August 17, 2020. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 13,165 new COVID-19 cases, highest one-day count, taking its tally to 6,28,642, while 346 fresh deaths pushed the toll beyond the 21,000-mark, a health official said. The previous single-day highest was 12,712 coronavirus cases, recorded on August 12.

Mumbai reported 1,132 new cases and 46 deaths, taking its tally to 1,31,542 and the toll to 7,268. The number of active cases in Mumbai stood at 17,914. Pune city reported 1,233 fresh cases along with 38 deaths, taking the tally to 82,907 and the toll to 2,169, the official told PTI.

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In other news from Pune, the first sero-survey conducted in the city detected the prevalence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in an average of 51.5 per cent of the people. Scientists and epidemiologists said the extensive spread was not unusual. Pune’s results can be compared to New Delhi, where 23 per cent had antibodies, and Mumbai, where the percentage was 57 per cent in slums and 16 per cent in non-slum areas. In Ahmedabad, it was 47 per cent.

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus News Live Updates Today, Corona COVID-19 Cases, Lockdown Latest News: Over 6 lakh cases in Maharashtra; Pune has more cases than Mumbai; Pune sero-survey shows 51.5% have antibodies.

22:27 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Gyms should be allowed to open: Sule

NCP MP Supriya Sule on Wednesday said that gyms in Maharashtra should be reopened. 'Gyms in the state were closed in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. But gyms need to be reopened as the process of unlocking is on now,' she tweeted.

'@CMOMaharashtra lot many gym operators have made a big investment in this,' the Baramati MP added.

21:22 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Maharashtra reports highest one-day count of 13,165 cases

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 13,165 new COVID-19 cases, highest one-day count, taking its tally to 6,28,642, while 346 fresh deaths pushed the toll beyond the 21,000-mark, a health official said. The previous single-day highest was 12,712 coronavirus cases, recorded on August 12. With 13,165 fresh COVID-19, the cumulative figure of infected people in Maharashtra rose to 6,28,642. (PTI)

19:41 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Four new coronavirus cases reported in Mumbai's Dharavi

The number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai's slum-dominated Dharavi area rose to 2,680 on Wednesday with four new patients coming to light, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. The area, considered to be Asia's largest slum, reported a rise of four cases on the third  consecutive day. Spread over 2.5 square kilometres, Dharavi has a population over 6.5 lakh.

Out of 2,680 COVID-19 patients recorded in Dharavi, 2,340 have already recovered and there are only 80 active cases at present, the BMC official said. Since June, the civic body has stopped sharing the death toll from the area. (PTI)

18:28 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Bappa goes online in COVID times with Zoom, FB, Google aarti

With almost the whole world functioning virtually during coronavirus times, Ganpati will give darshan on Zoom, Facebook and Google platforms during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival which has been cut short from 10 to one and a half days at most places due to the pandemic. The grandeur of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Maharashtra may be unparalleled, but the homecoming of Bappa in Delhi is not lacklustre either.

Every year in August devotees 'bring' Ganesha into their house, temple, or pandal (temporary shrine) as a guest. The idol is worshipped with elaborate rituals for 10 days along with various cultural programmes. Festival organisers spend weeks in planning the pandals, decoration, programmes and gatherings. This year with the festival approaching on August 22 they are busy creating social media links, arranging virtual darshans and ensuring safety and health protocols for those who will be there with the elephant-headed deity. (PTI)

17:20 (IST)19 Aug 2020
MSRTC allowed to resume inter-district bus services

The Maharashtra government has allowed resumption of inter-district bus services of the state transport corporation, a senior official said on Wednesday. After the lockdown was enforced in the state following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, inter-district bus operations of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) were suspended.

"The state government has allowed to re-start inter- district bus operations, and we are planning resume the services from tomorrow," MSRTC's Vice Chairman and Managing Director Shekhar Channe said.

14:32 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Maha: COVID-19 tally in Aurangabad rises to 19,258

The number of COVID-19 cases in Aurangabad rose to 19,258 on Wednesday after 106 more people tested positive for the disease here in Maharashtra, the district administration said. Among the new cases, 42 were reported from Aurangabad city and 64 from rural parts of the district. Seven more deaths were also reported, taking the total number of COVID-19 fatalities here to 602, the district administration said in a release.

As of now, there are 4,204 active cases in the district, while 14,452 patients have so far been discharged after recovery. Around 1.9 lakh tests, including 1.5 lakh rapid antigen tests and 40,000 RT-PCR tests, have so far been conducted in the city having a population of nearly 11 lakh, Aurangabad Municipal Commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey said on Tuesday.

14:13 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Ensure no crowding, guidelines followed during Ganesh festival: Uddhav tells officials
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday instructed top administrative officials to avoid any carelessness in implementing the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus disease.

At a review meeting, through video-conference, with top officials, Thackeray said crowding during the Ganesh festival should be avoided and guidelines on the height of idols and their immersion followed.

“So far, all religious communities have celebrated the festivals in a simple manner and cooperated with the government. Now, the upcoming Ganesh festival and Muharram should also be observed without any crowding and by strictly following the instructions,” Thackeray said.

12:37 (IST)19 Aug 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Positivity rate begins to decline, relative stagnation in new detections

For the first time since May, the overall positivity rate in the country has begun to decline, indicating that, out of those who are being tested, far lesser number of people are being found infected now than earlier.

After rising steadily for the last three months, the positivity rate reached a peak of 9.01 per cent on August 9, after which it has begun to decline. It has come to 8.72 per cent now.

The dip in the positivity rate is significant because it could mean that the spread of the disease in the population is slowing down. This would certainly be true if the tests were being carried out randomly. However, most states are still relying on targeted testing, meaning only those who are showing symptoms of the disease or who are close contacts of an already infected person, are being tested. A shift to more random testing could also trigger a decline in positivity rate, because far greater number of people are likely to be detected positive in targeted testing.

 
12:01 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Covid-19 vaccine tracker, August 19: Australia to give free shots; India asks developers for price

Australia has said once a vaccine for the novel Coronavirus becomes available, it will offer it free to all its citizens. Australia has entered into an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for securing access to the vaccine it is developing in collaboration with Oxford University.

“If this vaccine proves successful, we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians,” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison was quoted as saying in a BBC report. So far, a little more than 23,000 people have been infected with novel Coronavirus in Australia, and there have been more than 430 deaths due to the disease.

11:11 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Nagpur records 1,024 new COVID-19 cases; 37 deaths

With the detection of 1,024 new cases of coronavirus, the tally in Maharashtra's Nagpur district has reached 15,637 on Tuesday, an official said. Apart from this, the district also recorded 37 casualties, taking the toll in the region to 549, the official said. Of the 549 deaths reported so far, 395 were Nagpur, while 154 were recorded in rural areas and outside the district, he said. At least 281 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the deadly infection on Tuesday, the official added.

11:11 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Nagpur records 1,024 new COVID-19 cases; 37 deaths

With the detection of 1,024 new cases of coronavirus, the tally in Maharashtra's Nagpur district has reached 15,637 on Tuesday, an official said. Apart from this, the district also recorded 37 casualties, taking the toll in the region to 549, the official said. Of the 549 deaths reported so far, 395 were Nagpur, while 154 were recorded in rural areas and outside the district, he said. At least 281 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the deadly infection on Tuesday, the official added.

11:03 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Insurance for NGOs performing last rites of COVID-19 victims

The Maharashtra government has decided to provide Rs 25 lakh insurance cover to non-government organisations (NGOs) from rural areas which perform final rites of people who die of COVID-19, Minister Hasan Mushrif said on Tuesday. The insurance cover to NGOs will be provided till September 30, the rural development minister said, according to an official statement here.

Mushrif said the government issued a circular in this regard on Tuesday. "A decision has been taken to give Rs 25 lakh insurance cover to non-government organisations from rural areas and their staffers who perform final rites of those who die due to COVID-19," he said, according to the statement.

11:00 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Nashik: COVID-19 cases rise by 622 to 25,910; nine die

The COVID-19 tally in Nashik district of Maharashtra rose to 25,910 on Tuesday with addition of 622 cases, health officials said. With nine more people succumbing to the infection, the toll went up to 713, they said. A total of 895 people were discharged during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 20,846, officials added.

10:59 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Locals will be consulted before starting projects: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday held discussions with a group of eminent persons on ways of boosting the state's growth rate and reviving its economy which has been badly hit by COVID-19. These eminent persons, including veteran banker Deepak Parekh and former bureaucrat Vijay Kelkar, are members of the Pune International Centre.

Thackeray held the discussions with the Centres president Raghunath Mashelkar, vice-president Kelkar, Parekh, Shami Mehta and other members via video-conferencing. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who holds the finance portfolio, also took part in the parleys.

10:48 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Uddhav Thackeray stresses on promotion of e-learning

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has indicated that it may be a while before schools in Maharashtra are allowed to reopen, and has stressed on the promotion of e-learning. “Maharashtra was the first state to start online school education,” Thackeray said during a webinar on August 15 with Dr Shashank Joshi and Dr Rahul Pandit, members of the state’s Covid-19 task force. This had helped control case numbers, he said.

Most deaths among children and teens were on account of respiratory failure caused by the virus, the Public Health Department data show.

In some cases, children suffered multi-inflammatory syndrome following the infection. There are plans to maintain a separate record of such cases, state Health Department officials said.

10:25 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Case fatality ratio (CFR) in the age group of 18 years or younger is 0.15 per cent

The case fatality ratio (CFR) – the number of deaths against the number of confirmed cases – in the age group of 18 years or younger is 0.15 per cent, the government data show. That is far lower than the CFR for Maharashtra as a whole (3.35 per cent). India’s overall CFR has been falling steadily even as case numbers have risen, and stands at 1.92 per cent now.

In Maharashtra, those aged below 20 account for 36.07 per cent of the total population as per the 2011 Census.

As of August 17, Maharashtra had recorded 23,995 cases of Covid-19 among children under age 10, and 42,529 in the age group 11-20 years, including both active and cured/discharged cases. However, between 1,000 and 1,200 children and young people aged 20 years or less have been testing positive every day on average in the state since the beginning of August, the data show.

10:24 (IST)19 Aug 2020
In Covid’s Ground Zero Maharashtra, under-20 account for one in ten cases
Covid screening camp in progress at Trombay Koliwada on Friday, August 7, 2020. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

AS governments debate when and how to open schools, data collected by the Maharashtra Public Health Department show that those below the age of 20 account for 11 per cent of the casesin the state but just 0.5 per cent of its Covid deaths were of infected children and teens aged 18 or less.

Out of the 5.95 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus infection (including both active and cured/discharged cases) in Maharashtra — which tops the country in absolute case count and number of deaths — over 66,000 have been children and young people up to age 20, the data, arranged age-wise by the state government, show. However, of the 19,830 Covid-19 deaths in the state analysed until August 16, just 99 were of children and teens aged 18 or below (51 of them aged 0-9).

09:38 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Maharashtra plans power sops for lockdown months, to cost Rs 1,000 cr
As per estimates, more than 1.14 crore households, which make up for 90 per cent of residential consumers in the state will benefit from the sop. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

IN A MOVE that will bring relief to one-crore plus consumers, the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition government has decided to bear the bulk of “additional” burden in power bills during lockdown months. It will also address complaints of high power bills by people, including prominent industrialists and film celebrities in the state.

According to a proposal to be discussed in the Cabinet, all eligible households will be liable to pay only for the units consumed in the corresponding month in 2019. For cases where the billed units for April, May and June this year exceed the corresponding usage by 100 units or less, the government has proposed to bear the entire cost of the surplus consumption.

09:28 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Maharashtra's case tally rises to 6,15,477, death toll at 20,687

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 11,119 new coronavirus patients which took the state’s case tally to 6,15,477. With 422 COVID-19 patients succumbing, the death toll in the state reached 20,687. 9,356 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered coronavirus patients to 4,37,870. There are now 1,56,608 active cases in the state.

21:52 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Insurance for NGOs performing last rites of COVID-19 victims

The Maharashtra government has decided to provide Rs 25 lakh insurance cover to non- government organisations (NGOs) from rural areas which perform final rites of people who die of COVID-19, Minister Hasan Mushrif said on Tuesday. The insurance cover to NGOs will be provided till September 30, the rural development minister said, according to an official statement. Mushrif said the government issued a circular in this regard on Tuesday.

'A decision has been taken to give Rs 25 lakh insurance cover to non-government organisations from rural areas and their staffers who perform final rites of those who die due to COVID-19,' he said, according to the statement. (PTI)

maharashtra coronavirus, coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus cases, mumbai news, corona news, mumbai corona cases, mumbai latest news, mumbai coronavirus A Covid-19 testing camp at Chembur, Mumbai. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

In a move that will bring relief to one-crore plus consumers, the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition government has decided to bear the bulk of “additional” burden in power bills during lockdown months. It will also address complaints of high power bills by people, including prominent industrialists and film celebrities in the state.

According to a proposal to be discussed in the Cabinet, all eligible households will be liable to pay only for the units consumed in the corresponding month in 2019. For cases where the billed units for April, May and June this year exceed the corresponding usage by 100 units or less, the government has proposed to bear the entire cost of the surplus consumption.

It will absorb 50 per cent of the extra burden for cases where the surplus billed units range between 101 units and 300 units, and 25 per cent where the same is between 301 units and 500 units, sources said.

The proposal was finalised during a meeting between Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also heads the Finance department, and Energy Minister Nitin Raut last month, an official told The Indian Express.

maharashtra coronavirus, coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus cases, mumbai news, corona news, mumbai corona cases, mumbai latest news, mumbai coronavirus A sero-survey is conducted in Mumbai. (Express Photo)

Pune sero-survey shows 51.5% have antibodies against Covid-19

The first sero-survey conducted in Pune detected the prevalence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in an average of 51.5 per cent of the people. Scientists and epidemiologists said the extensive spread was not unusual. Pune's results can be compared to New Delhi, where 23 per cent had antibodies, and Mumbai, where the percentage was 57 per cent in slums and 16 per cent in non-slum areas. In Ahmedabad, it was 47 per cent.