The number of novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rose by 18,105 on Thursday -- the highest single-day count so far
In an attempt to curb cases, the Maharashtra government will launch a statewide campaign from September 15 to screen 2.25 crore families for possible Covid-19 infection. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced that the ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign will be launched by the health department with the help of NGOs and elected representatives to control the spread of Covid-19 and impart health education to the people.
The state on Friday reported 19,218 new cases, taking the tally to 8,63,062 while the death toll rose to 25,964. The spike in cases broke Thursday’s record of 18,105 cases.
In Pune, as many as 80 medical staff, including 40 doctors and 40 nurses, had quit the recently inaugurated jumbo Covid facility at CoEP grounds by Friday, raising issues of their safety. “At least 80 of our medical staff, including 40 doctors and as many nurses, have quit the jumbo facility,” said Sujit Patker, director of Lifeline, which is managing the operations of the hospital.
Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 8.6 lakh cases, more than 25,000 fatalities; statewide screening to begin from September 15. Check latest updates here.
A health worker takes samples for Covid-19 testing in Mumbai. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus Live News Updates:
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 18,105 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count so far, taking its tally to 8,43,844, while the death toll crossed the was recorded as 25,586.
In some good news for Mumbai, there is a progressive decline in the monthly growth rate of new Covid-19 cases in the city, which for August stands at 27.5 per cent. For the preceding months of July and June, the growth rate for Mumbai was 47 per cent and 95.6 per cent respectively. On Wednesday, however, Mumbai saw an unusual spike with 1,622 fresh Covid cases recorded by BMC. From August 28 till September 1, less than 1,500 cases had been recorded daily. Meanwhile, Pune, which has the most number of active cases in the country, reported 1,706 fresh cases along with 28 deaths, pushing up the infection count to 1,04,555 and the toll to 2,607.
In its Unlock 4.0 guidelines, the Maharashtra government has announced significantly eased restrictions, including allowing inter-district movement of persons and goods, raising attendance in its offices and allowing hotels and lodges to operate at 100 per cent capacity. Schools and colleges, however, will remain closed. Cinema halls and swimming pools will also continue to remain shut till September 30.
All non-essential shops will be allowed to continue as per relaxations and guidelines issued from time to time. Liquor shops will continue to operate.
All private offices may operate up to 30% strength as per requirement. However, all the employers will take sensitization programs to educate the employees to take adequate precautions on returning home so that vulnerable group especially the elderly is not affected. A Vigilance Officer will be appointed in every office for ensuring the norms like social distancing, face coverings, etc. to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Staggering of office timings should be encouraged and only work related movement will be allowed.
International air travel of passengers will not be allowed, except as permitted by MHA. The metro will also remain closed.
Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will be barred.