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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: State registers highest ever single-day spike of 448 deaths

The state's COVID-19 caseload rose to 9,90,795 with 23,446 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: September 11, 2020 8:32:38 am
coronavirus news, mumbai, coronavirus, mumbai news, maharashtra coronavirus news,maharashtra coronavirus cases, mumbai news, corona news, mumbai corona cases, mumbai coronavirus, pune coronavirusHealth workers test for Covid-19 at Mankhud, Mumbai on September 7, 2020. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra registered the highest-ever single-day spike of 448 COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the death toll due to the disease to 28,282. The state’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 9,90,795 with 23,446 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll due to the pandemic in Mumbai increased by 38 to reach 8,023. 14,253 patients were discharged during the day, so the number of recovered cases rose to 7,00,715. The recovery rate in the state is 70.72 per cent. So far over 49.74 lakh tests have been conducted in the state.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Thursday. “I tested positive for covid antigen. It was positive. There are no symptoms. I am isolating myself at home on the advice of a doctor. With your good wishes and blessings, I will soon start serving Mumbaikars,” she wrote in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon. “We were able to contain the number of cases between March and May, but it does not seem like the pandemic will be conquered in the near future. Even the World Health Organisation has indicated that it won’t end soon,” he said. Admitting that the crisis was worsening and that the number of cases was on the rise across the state, Thackeray defended that the government had been taking proactive steps to contain the spread of the infection.

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State's tally crosses 9.67 lakh; CM says pandemic not ending anytime soon. Read latest news and updates below

22:02 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Patients cannot be turned away from hospitals: Bombay HC

Taking suo moto (on its own) notice of problems faced by patients at hospitals in the district amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday said an ailing person can not be turned away from hospitals because of shortage of beds or staff. A division bench of Justices Ravi Deshpande and Pushpa Ganediwala said the main issue which required the court's attention is making ventilators and beds available to patients so as to reduce the death rate. 'We want all doctors and para-medical staff to rise to the occasion of the severity of the situation and make themselves available 24X7 in this pandemic situation,' the court said.

21:11 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Maharashtra registers highest single-day deaths

Maharashtra registered the highest-ever single-day spike of 448 COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the death toll due to the disease to 28,282. The state’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 9,90,795 with 23,446 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.

19:31 (IST)10 Sep 2020
11 more test COVID-19 positive in Dharavi; 102 active cases

The tally of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi increased to 2,850 on Thursday with 11 more persons testing positive for the infection, the city civic body said. A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said 2,478 patients from Dharavi have already recovered and discharged from hospitals. According to the official, at present the slum-dominated area has 102 active COVID-19 cases. The BMC has stopped sharing death figures from the area. Spread over 2.5 square kilometres, Dharavi has a population of more than 6.5 lakh.

17:28 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Bombay HC asks govt to assess e-learning for specially-abled students

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the district social welfare authorities across Maharashtra to assess the ongoing digital educationprogramme for specially-abled students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta directed district social welfare officers to pay 'surprise visits' over the next two weeks to centres that were providing digital education to such students, and to assess how the system was fairing and if there were any deficiencies. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by an NGO, through advocate Uday Warunjikar, seeking relief for specially-abled school and college students during the COVID-19 unlock phase. The Maharashtra government had submitted an affidavit in the High Court last month stating that it had started e-learning under the Centre's 'Diksha' platform for the specially-abled. (PTI)

16:31 (IST)10 Sep 2020
How long will local train services be restricted: HC asks Maharashtra

The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government about how long it plans to restrict suburban train services here in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court was hearing a petition and related applications seeking that lawyers be permitted to use local train services in the city.

Referring to the state's submission that it does not plan to resume regular suburban train services as yet, a bench headed by Chief Dipankar Datta said, 'We have to now live with the virus. How long will this go on? It has been six months.' The petitioners' counsel Shyam Dewani and Uday Warunjikar on Thursday urged the court to give direction to the state to permit lawyers to travel by local trains, as the High Court had partially resumed physical hearings. Lower courts were already holding physical hearings, they argued.

13:58 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Pune district's COVID-19 cases cross 2.06 lakh

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 4,885 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total count of infections to 2,06,290, a health official said on Wednesday. With 69 patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll went up to 4,794, he said. "Of the 4,885 cases, 2,078 cases are from Pune Municipal Corporation limits, while 1,240 cases are from Pimpri-Chinchwad," the official said. A total of 2,013 patients were discharged in the day. (PTI)

13:09 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar tests positive for Covid-19

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Thursday. "I tested positive for covid antigen. It was positive. There are no symptoms. I am isolating myself at home on the advice of a doctor. With your good wishes and blessings, I will soon start serving Mumbaikars," she wrote in a tweet. 

12:40 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Thane district records 1,964 new COVID-19 cases, 36 deaths

With the addition of 1,964 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra reached 1,38,393, an official said on Thursday. These new cases were reported on Wednesday, he said. With the death 36 patients, the fatality count in the district went up to 3,810 on Wednesday, the official added. Kalyan has so far reported 32,929 cases, the highest in the region, while the total count in Navi Mumbai is 29,165 cases followed by Thane 28,681. Kalyan accounted for 24 per cent of the total cases in the district, while Thane and Navi Mumbai accounted for 21 per cent each, the official said. The district's recovery rate is 85.66 per cent and the mortality rate is 2.75 per cent. There are 16,030 active patients in the district.

10:58 (IST)10 Sep 2020
244 more Maharashtra police personnel test positive in last 24 hours

244 more Maharashtra police personnel tested COVID-19 positive while 4 died, in the last 24 hours. Total number of positive cases in the police force rise to 18,216 including 3,576 active cases, 14,456 recoveries & 184 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police

07:59 (IST)10 Sep 2020
What AstraZeneca trial’s pause means for vaccines

Global pharma major AstraZeneca announced late on Tuesday evening that it was putting a halt on ongoing clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing in collaboration with Oxford University. It said it was a “voluntary” and “routine action” that happens “whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials”.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca candidate vaccine is undergoing phase-3 clinical trials at more than 60 locations in the US, Brazil and South Africa. It is the same vaccine that was cleared for combined phase-2 and phase-3 trials in India. The trials in India began last month, and about 100 participants have received the dose. Why have the trials been halted? We explain here

22:50 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Nanded records 408 new COVID-19 cases; tally nears 10,000

As many as 408 persons tested positive for coronavirus infection in Nanded district of Maharashtra on Wednesday, taking the tally in the region to 9,986, an official said.

With the death of four patients, the toll in the district has reached 280, while the number of recoveries rose to 6,363 after 246 patients were discharged, the official said.

The district has recorded a recovery rate of 65.96 per cent, he added.

20:58 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Covid-19 cases in Amravati reach 7,638; three die

The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Amravati district rose to 7,638 on Wednesday with addition of 125 cases, an official release said. With three persons succumbing to the infection, the total toll in the district mounted to 163, it said.

A total of 133 patients were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 5,795, the release said. The district now has 1,680 active cases.

19:48 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Oxford vaccine’s India trials paused last week, sites awaiting more data on UK adverse event

While AstraZeneca announced a temporary halt late on Tuesday to the global trials of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford due to a serious adverse event in the United Kingdom, recruitment of participants in India had already been put on hold last week after the first 100 participants were administered the shot.

The adverse event seen in the UK case has not been noted in any of the Indian participants so far. However, it is likely to be taken up by a safety expert group which will review information collected from the first set of participants in the human clinical trials in India. READ MORE

16:06 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Thane district records 1,392 fresh COVID-19 cases; 24 deaths

With the addition of 1,392 fresh cases of COVID-19, the tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 1,36,429, an official said on Wednesday.

Apart from this, the district also recorded 24 fatalities on Tuesday that have taken the toll to 3,774, the official said. According to the official data, of the 1,36,429 cases in the district, Kalyan alone accounts for 32,393 infections, the highest in the region. It is followed by Navi Mumbai with 28,810 and Thane city with 28,226 cases, it was stated.

On a positive note, the recovery rate in the district stands at 86 per cent, while the mortality rate is at 2.77 per cent, the official said. As many as 15,326 COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the district, he said. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 tally in Palghar district has reached 27,313, while 553 deaths have been recorded so far in the region, an official said. 

14:10 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Spike in distress emails during pandemic: Pune-based organisation

There has been a spike in the number of distress emails received by Connecting Trust, a volunteer- based listening service in Pune, which aims to prevent suicides through its distress helpline programme. While the programme received, on an average, 15 new distress mails per month prior to the pandemic, it has been getting as many as 30 such emails in the last few months.

September 10 is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme is ‘Working Together To Prevent Suicide’. According to the World Health Organisation, 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide.

13:37 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Pune ZP introduces day-long containment action plan in 69 villages with bulk of cases

With the Covid-19 pandemic entering its third or local transmission stage in rural parts of the district, the Pune Zilla Parishad has decided to launch a more determined day-long containment plan for 69 villages that have reported the bulk of the cases.

Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune ZP, said this plan would work in three layers and involve more determined surveillance, testing, and treatment.

While majority of the cases are in urban areas of the district, rural areas have also reported a significant number of cases. As of September 5, rural areas have reported 24, 677 cases and 760 deaths.

12:49 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Now halted, AstraZeneca trials were on in India too

The decision to halt the global clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, after a serious side-effect was reported in a participant, might be a setback in the quest to get an early vaccine, but it could very well be a blessing in disguise.

It is likely to temper the public expectation and excitement about a vaccine being available very soon, ward off political pressure to rush through the development process and make it ready by a particular date, and force all the developers to scrupulously follow the process, even as they try to fast-track the development.

“This is nothing to be alarmed about as of now. These things happen quite routinely during vaccine or drug trials. The good thing is that despite the rush to produce a coronavirus vaccine, we still have systems in place that would pick these things out. So that is reassuring,” said Shahid Jameel, a virologist.

11:16 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: IMA to protest unilateral fixing of rates for Covid treatment at private hospitals
Doctors will hold a 10-minute silent tribute on September 9 for their peers who have died in the line of duty during the pandemic by gathering in front of their clinics or hospitals. (Representational)

The state government order dated August 31 to unilaterally fix rates to be charged by private hospitals for Covid-19 treatment has not been well received by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has threatened a massive protest and petitioning the High Court over the decision.

An emergency state council meeting of IMA Maharashtra was held on September 4, where a resolution was unanimously approved to reject the circular issued on August 31. Close to 45,000 doctors from all the 216 branches of IMA Maharashtra will stage peaceful protests, with effect from September 10, in front of the offices of collectors, deputy collectors, municipal commissioners, district administrative officers, civil surgeons, among others. A doctors’ rally will be held at Azad Maidan in Mumbai as well.

10:46 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Pune city's COVID-19 count rises by 1,880 to touch 1.09 lakh

The number of COVID-19 cases in Pune Municipal Corporation limits increased by 1,880 to touch 1,09,838 on Tuesday, while 35 deaths took the toll to 2,584, an official said. A total of 2,022 people were discharged during the day, he added.

10:25 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Covid crisis not ending anytime soon, says Uddhav
Admitting that the crisis was worsening and that the number of cases was on the rise across the state, Thackeray defended that the government had been taking proactive steps to contain the spread of the infection.

The coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday.

“We were able to contain the number of cases between March and May, but it does not seem like the pandemic will be conquered in the near future. Even the World Health Organisation has indicated that it won’t end soon,” the chief minister said, during his speech before the conclusion of the curtailed monsoon session of the state Assembly.

At the epicentre of the pandemic in India, Maharashtra has so far reported 9,23,641 cases and 27,027 deaths by September 7. Admitting that the crisis was worsening and that the number of cases was on the rise across the state, Thackeray defended that the government had been taking proactive steps to contain the spread of the infection.

coronavirus news, mumbai, coronavirus, mumbai news, maharashtra coronavirus news,maharashtra coronavirus cases, mumbai news, corona news, mumbai corona cases, mumbai coronavirus, pune coronavirus Policemen ride horses as they patrol a deserted beach in Mumbai, Tuesday. (PTI)

The Maharashtra Assembly convened on Monday for a two-day session. Scrambling to raise funds to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the state government on Monday proposed additional budgetary grants worth Rs 29,085 crore for meeting projections of excess in expenditure. The proposal will be discussed by both Houses on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the state government has further reduced the prices for Covid-19 tests. Now, samples collect at home will cost Rs 2,000, while samples taken by laboratories will be Rs 1,200. If a lab collects samples from a hospital, Covid care centre or drive-through kiosk, the rate has been capped at Rs. 1,600.

In other news, Mumbai's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it would increase the number of tests it conducts daily from around 7,500 to between 11,000-14,000. The BMC chief said 85 per cent of the tests would be RT-PCR while the remaining would be Rapid Antigen test.

The state government order dated August 31 to unilaterally fix rates to be charged by private hospitals for Covid-19 treatment has not been well received by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has threatened a massive protest and petitioning the High Court over the decision.

An emergency state council meeting of IMA Maharashtra was held on September 4, where a resolution was unanimously approved to reject the circular issued on August 31. Close to 45,000 doctors from all the 216 branches of IMA Maharashtra will stage peaceful protests, with effect from September 10, in front of the offices of collectors, deputy collectors, municipal commissioners, district administrative officers, civil surgeons, among others. A doctors’ rally will be held at Azad Maidan in Mumbai as well.

Dr Avinash Bhondwe, president of IMA Maharashtra, said low treatment rates at Covid hospitals were fixed unilaterally without any discussion with doctors or hospital bodies, and that due to these rates, many private hospitals in the state were on the verge of closing down.