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Maharashtra Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Four domestic helps at Sharad Pawar’s house test positive; 14,161 fresh cases registered

Gearing up for the challenging task of supervising Ganesh festival in Pune during a raging pandemic, City Police has said its key focus will be to ensure there is no crowding anywhere

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune | Updated: August 22, 2020 5:55:02 pm
BMC latest guidelines for COVID patients, Maharashtra coronavirus cases, Mumbai coronavirus cases, mumbai home quarantine bmc guidelines, mumbai city newsThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) modified its guidelines to make institutional isolation mandatory for all Covid-19 positive patients aged above 50 years in Mumbai

Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra went up to 6,57,450 on Friday with 14,161 new patients being reported, the state health department said. With 339 fatalities, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 21,698, it said in a statement. The recovery rate in the state is 71.62 percent while the case fatality rate is 3.30 percent.

Besides, over 300 personnel of the Maharashtra police tested positive for coronavirus, while five died of the infection in the last 24 hours, PTI reported on Friday. The latest casualties have taken the death toll in the police force to 136. At least 303 personnel tested positive for coronavirus infection the last 24 hours taking the tally in the department to 13,180. Currently, 2,389 personnel are undergoing treatment at various facilities in the state.

In other news, four domestic helps working at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s bungalow in Baramati tested positive for coronavirus infection on Friday, PTI reported.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) modified its guidelines to make institutional isolation mandatory for all Covid-19 positive patients aged above 50 years in Mumbai, irrespective of whether they have any symptoms of the infection.

Meanwhile, gearing up for the challenging task of supervising Ganesh festival in Pune during a raging pandemic, City Police has said its key focus will be to ensure there is no crowding anywhere. Close to 6,000 personnel and officers, two thirds of the force’s total strength, will be deployed across the city. However, a slight force depletion due to Covid-19 cases among personnel may pose a challenge for festival-related deployment this year, said officials of Pune police.

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22:52 (IST)21 Aug 2020
14,161 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, 339 deaths

Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra went up to 6,57,450 on Friday with 14,161 new patients being reported, the state health department said. With 339 fatalities, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 21,698, it said in a statement. Also, 11,749 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 4,70,873. The recovery rate in the state is 71.62 percent while the case fatality rate is 3.30 percent. There are 1,64,562 active cases in the state, while 34,92,966 people have been tested so far. Currently, 11,92,685 people are in home quarantine and 35,132 in institutional quarantine.

20:03 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Four domestic helps at Sharad Pawar's Baramati house test positive

Four domestic helps working at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's bungalow in Baramati tested positive for coronavirus infection on Friday, said a senior Pune district official. "A woman and three men who work at Pawar's `Govindbaug' residence in Baramati tehsil were found to have contracted the virus," he said. Officials are now tracing the persons who had come in close contact with these four, he said. Earlier this week, a cook and two security guards at Pawar's Mumbai residence `Silver Oak' had tested positive for the coronavirus.

18:31 (IST)21 Aug 2020
On Ganesh Chaturthi eve, govt calls for low-key celebrations

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Friday urged people to celebrate Ganeshotsav, beginning from Saturday, in a low-key manner and avoid crowding in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also urged Muslim community members to observe Muharram, which falls in the month-end, in a simple manner and avoid gathering, an official statement said.

15:45 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Maharashtra police records over 300 new COVID-19 cases; five deaths

Over 300 personnel of the Maharashtra police tested positive for coronavirus, while five died of the infection in the last 24 hours, an official said on Friday. The latest casualties have taken the death toll in the police force to 136, which includes 14 officers, the official said. With 62 deaths, Mumbai police had recorded the highest number of casualties in the force due to the pandemic, he added. At least 303 personnel tested positive for coronavirus infection the last 24 hours, rising the tally in the department to 13,180, the official said. Of the 13,180 personnel, including 1,387 officers, 10,655 have recovered from the disease so far, he said. Currently, 2,389 personnel are undergoing treatment at various facilities in the state, the official said.

15:35 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Maharashtra govt extends Insurance cover to pvt doctors who die of COVID-19

The Maharashtra government has extended Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to private doctors who die of coronavirus infection during the pandemic, an official said on Friday. In a circular issued on Thursday, director of state Health Services Dr Sadhana Tayde said the insurance cover, which is being given to doctors in government and semi- government services, has now been extended to private medical practitioners who succumb to the infection. Referring to a letter dated April 9 about the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package - Insurance Scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19, she said the provisions of the same be followed for private doctors as well.

15:27 (IST)21 Aug 2020
EX-IAF man moves rights body on disclosure of COVID-19 status

A retired Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel has approached the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) against the Nagpur civic body for revealing his identity to an outfit affiliated to the RSS after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The city resident, in his complaint filed on August 19 through his advocate Asim Sarode, sought the commission to take action against the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) authorities and the RSS-linked Lok Kalyan Samiti (LKS) for committing breach of his privacy.

The complainant has strong objection over such disclosure of data of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. It is a direct violation of a patients right and the individuals right to privacy, the complaint said.

14:43 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Pune: ‘New normal’ for all Ganpati mandals with simple decor, online aartis

WITH THE festival of Ganesh Chaturthi round the corner, prominent Ganpati mandals in the city are racing against time to put some final touches. Even as the Covid-19 pandemic has led to toned-down decorations and cultural festivities, the mandals will either install idols in their temples or in simple small eco-friendly pandals. Contrary to their busy cultural and religious itinerary every year, the mandals are planning to activate an open link on their websites and social media pages for devotees to view the Ganpati darshan and daily aartis (prayers) from within the safety of their homes.

Mahesh Suryawanshi, treasurer of the well-known Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir, said as the mandal witnesses a high footfall during the 10-day festival every year, it became necessary to increase security.

14:39 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Pune: Nearly 6,000 cops to be deployed to ensure safety norms are followed, no crowd at Ganesh pandals
Only up to five persons will be allowed to be present for any ritual at the pandal premises.

GEARING up for the challenging task of supervising Ganesh festivalin the city during a raging pandemic, Pune City Police has said its key focus will be to ensure there is no crowding anywhere. Close to 6,000 personnel and officers, two thirds of the force’s total strength, will be deployed across the city.

However, a slight force depletion due to Covid-19 cases among personnel may pose a challenge for festival-related deployment this year, said officials of Pune police.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) for Pune City, Ravindra Shisve, told The Indian Express, “The main focus of our deployment during Ganesh festival will be to avoid any type of crowding and make sure that all safety norms are adhered to meticulously. There will be fixed-point deployment and mobile patrolling teams. Ganesh mandals have been given a clear direction for various activities. For individual households celebrating the festival, we urge that all the norms be followed at all times. Between 5,500 to 6,000 personnel and officers will be part of the round-the-clock deployment. We are facing some force depletion due to Covid-19 cases among police personnel, but we want to assure that police are fully prepared for smooth conduct of the festival during these testing times.”

14:38 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Private hospital waives Rs 55,000 bill of elderly patient

After keeping an elderly Covid-19 patient, who had recovered and had been discharged, for four days as her family was unable to pay the bill, the Raising Medicare Hospital in Kharadi waived the entire bill amount of Rs 55,000 on Thursday.

On Tuesday, The Indian Express had reported the patient’s plight. After the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) stepped in and urged the hospital to reduce the bill amount of the patient and allow her to go home, the hospital had said it would drastically reduce the bill amount, but would not give a waiver. However, on Wednesday, the hospital waived the entire bill amount.

14:12 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Covid cases in Maharashtra Police force rises to 12,180, death toll at 136

As many as 303 news cases on Thursday pushed the total number of infections among the Maharashtra Police force to 12,180, out of which 2,389 are active cases. 136 cops including 14 officers and 122 constabulary staff have succumbed to the infection till now.

14:09 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Covid cases in Maharashtra prisons reach 1,166

As many as 1,166 inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus across prisons in Maharashtra, while there have been 320 cases among the prison staff so far. Till now, among 26,408 inmates in state prisons, 6,868 have been tested for COVID by either swab method or rapid antigen method. 1,658 staff members have also been tested.

These cases have been reported form 27 of the total 47 Central and District Prisons in the state and the temporary prisons set up as a substitute for the main premises of these prisons. Of the total 1,166 cases, 848 have recovered till now and 318 remain active cases. Six inmates have till now succumbed to the infection. Of the 312 prison staff who have tested positive 40 are active cases as on Thursday night.

Following High Court directions, random testing of the inmates and staff is also being undertaken along with the mandatory testing of high-risk contacts of inmates and staff who have tested positive.

13:05 (IST)21 Aug 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Covid-19 doubling time down to 30 days

With the daily growth rate continuing to slow down, the doubling time of novel Coronavirus cases in India has now dropped to 30 days. As on Thursday, there were 29.05 lakh confirmed cases in the country. The halfway stage was crossed on July 27, which means the present doubling has happened in 24 days. But the next doubling, at the current rate of growth, would happen only after 30 days, signalling a slowdown.

Doubling time is a function of the growth rate. Lower the growth, higher is the doubling time. It is one of the several metrics used to assess the pace at which the epidemic has been spreading in the population. At the start of the outbreak, in April and May, when the cases were rising rapidly, a doubling period of ten days was considered healthy for the stage of epidemic India was in at that time.

The ten-day doubling period was crossed in the first week of May, and after that there has been a steady elongation of this time.

12:13 (IST)21 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Study to find effectiveness of BCG vaccine in elders

The ICMR is undertaking a study in Mumbai to evaluate whether the BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin) vaccine, primarily used against tuberculosis, is effective in preventing COVID-19 in elderly population, the city civic body said on Friday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that Seth G S Medical College, civic-run KEM Hospital and the public health department of the BMC will jointly conduct the study for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

"The study will also look at degree ofseverity of the disease and development of immunity using immunological markers," the BMC said. The civic body said there is evidence to suggest that the BCG vaccine, normally given to children for immunity against tuberculosis, has protective effect against other respiratory tract infections, including viral diseases.

12:11 (IST)21 Aug 2020
3,544 new COVID-19 cases found in Pune district

Pune district reported 3,544 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 1,35,837 on Thursday, a health official said. He said the death toll reached 3,361 with 71 more succumbing to the infection. Also, 1386 patients were discharged from hospitals in the district, he said. "Of the 3,544 cases, 1,669 were in Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which now has 79,037 patients. With 1105 cases, Pimpri-Chinchwad's COVID-19 count now stands at 38,821," he said.

12:09 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Thane district reports 1,483 new COVID-19 cases, 36 die

The COVID-19 tally in Thane district of Maharashtra reached 1,11,269 on Thursday with the addition of 1,483 cases, health officials said. The fatality count in the district reached 3,178 with 36 deaths during the day, they said. Navi Mumbai reported the highest number of 477 cases on Thursday, followed by Kalyan with 329, they said. The tally in Thane city crossed the 24,000-mark to reach 24,023, the officials said. The recovery rate in the district is 85.68 per cent and the mortality rate is 2.86 per cent. Neighbouring Palghar district has so far recorded a total of 21,276 positive cases and 430 deaths, the officials said.

12:05 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Pfizer vaccine on track for regulatory review in October
A lab technician uses a multichannel pipette dropper during the immune response analysis process of the coronavirus vaccine research at the Valneva SA laboratories in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday. (Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said the Covid-19 vaccine they are jointly developing is on track to be submitted for regulatory review as early as October, as they released additional data from an early-stage study.

The companies said the vaccine was well tolerated with mild to moderate fever in fewer than 20% of the participants. The companies are continuing to analyze data from the Phase 1 trials in the US and Germany, they said in a statement.

The confirmation of their October goal, first announced last month, helped lift S&P 500 futures briefly on Friday as part of a drumbeat of positive news on inoculation efforts that have the potential to end the threat of damaging lockdowns.

10:47 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Institutional isolation now mandatory for Covid patients over 50 years in Mumbai
Patients may choose either government or private hospitals to undergo institutional isolation, said the BMC.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has modified its guidelines to make institutional isolation mandatory for all Covid-19 positive patients aged above 50 years in Mumbai, irrespective of whether they have any symptoms of the infection.

Patients may choose either government or private hospitals to undergo institutional isolation, said the civic body. In the first 15 days of August, Mumbai had recorded 588 deaths due to Covid-19. Of the 244 people who died in private hospitals, 94 per cent were above the age of 50 years.

10:41 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Bombay HC refuses to interfere with Maha order for Konkan visitors

The Bombay High Court has refused to interfere with the Maharashtra government's order introducing several restrictions on citizens traveling to the Konkan region for the Ganesh festival this year. A bench of Justices K K Tated and M N Jamdar held on Tuesday that the state's order issued on August 7 this year, that mandates, among other things, a 10-day home quarantine period for those travelling to Konkan, did not infringe upon the fundamental rights of citizens. The festival will start on August 22.

10:24 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Uddhav Thackeray orders formation of panel over NEP implementation

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday directed the authorities to set up a committee of experts to discuss implementation of the Centre's new National Education Policy (NEP). Speaking during a meeting, Thackeray said the NEP has several new concepts, for which the state government will have to amend the existing laws.

"The need of the hour is to have a discussion with researchers, education experts to discuss the policy, which has only been announced so far," a statement by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) quoted him as saying. The state government has to see what changes can be accepted and what laws need to be amended, he added.

10:23 (IST)21 Aug 2020
77 more test COVID-19 positive in Amravati

Three COVID-19 deaths and 77 new cases took Amravati district's toll to 103 and the coronavirus count to 4,216 on Thursday, an official said. With 167 patients getting discharged in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered patients reached 3,015, leaving 1,098 active cases, he said. A civil surgeon office's report said a 40-year-old man, another aged 27 and a 63-year-old woman died due to COVID-19, taking the toll in the district to 103. The rural belt reported 16 new cases that took its count to 1,131, the report said.

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Of the total number of cases on Thursday, 3,659 were in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), including 1,275 in Mumbai city alone. There were 83 deaths in the MMR on Thursday, which includes 46 in Mumbai. The tally of cases in MMR is 2,99,165, which includes 1,32,822 in Mumbai city, while the number of deaths in the region has reached 11,968, including 7,314 in Mumbai.

Elsewhere in the state, Nashik city reported 745 new cases, Ahmednagar city 247, Jalgaon city 101, Pune city 1,682, Pimpri Chinchwad 1,000, Kolhapur city 173, Sangli city 281, Aurangabad city 291, Latur city 122, Nanded city 112, Nagpur city 924.

Of the total number of 326 deaths, 231 were from the last 48 hours, 63 from the last week and 32 others from the period before last week, the statement said. As many as 34,14,809 people have been tested so far, the department said. Currently, 11,76,261 people are in home quarantine and 37,639 in institutional quarantine.

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally is as follows: Positive cases 6,43,289, deaths 21,359, recoveries 4,59,124, active cases 1,62,491 and people tested so far 34,14,809.