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Highlights: Cases in Maharashtra cross eight lakh-mark

The total number of infections in Maharashtra rose to 7,92,541 with 11,852 new cases being reported on Monday. With 184 new deaths, the state's fatality count rose to 24,583.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune | Updated: September 2, 2020 9:51:39 am
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Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 15,765 fresh cases of coronavirus infection, taking the case tally in the state to 8,08,306. With 320 new fatalities being recorded, the death toll due to the pandemic reached 24,903. The number of active cases in the state is 1,98,523. 10,978 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,84,537.

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The state capital Mumbai recorded 1,142 new cases and 35 deaths. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the city thus rose to 1,46,947 and death toll to 7,693. Pune city reported 1,738 new cases along with 40 deaths. The total number of cases in Pune city rose to 1,02,849, and death toll stood at 2,579. With Pune reporting 1,931 new cases on Monday, it has now overtaken Delhi to become the city with the maximum number of people infected with the novel coronavirus.

The Maharashtra government has lifted restrictions on the inter-district movement of persons and goods, and raised attendance in its offices as it announced a slew of relaxations while extending the general COVID-19-enforced lockdown in the state till September 30. It said hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity from September 2, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30.

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Nearly 8 lakh coronavirus cases in Maharashtra; 5 districts see 400 per cent jump; Pune overtakes Delhi to become coty with highest infections. Get the latest updates from Mumbai, Pune and other areas here.

21:45 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Cases in Maharashtra cross eight lakh-mark

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 15,765 fresh cases of coronavirus infection, taking the case tally in the state to 8,08,306. With 320 new fatalities being recorded, the death toll due to the pandemic reached 24,903. The number of active cases in the state is 1,98,523. 10,978 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,84,537.

20:15 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Pimpri-Chinchwad: Jumbo hospital starts admitting patients

The 816-bed jumbo hospital set up at Nehrunagar in Pimpri-Chinchwad started functioning from Tuesday. On the first day, 12 COVID-19 patients were admitted at the jumbo hospital. PCMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Santosh Patil said initially, they are taking in patients from other hospitals like YCMH or Bhosari hospital. "Later, we will start admitting walk in patients," he said.

Pimpri-Chinchwad Tuesday saw around 600 positive cases, a drop from around 1200 cases surfacing daily. But Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said, "This could be because we did not get reports of test conducted by private hospitals. Tomorrow, we will get all the test reports together and will see more cases." The total number of positive cases so far has reached 49,300 in Pimpri-Chinchwad. (With inputs from Manoj More)

19:56 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Record 1,447 cases in Nagpur, death toll past 1k

Nagpur district on Tuesday reported a record 1,447 coronavirus positive cases, taking the COVID-19 count to 31,002, while 46 deaths put the toll so far at 1,091, an official said. A total of 20,597 people have recovered from the infection so far, including 1,353 discharged during the day, he added. Nagpur district now has 9,314 active cases.

16:25 (IST)01 Sep 2020
People aged above 65 & below 10 should stay at home: Maharashtra govt

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra government has advised vulnerable people, including those aged above 65 and below 10, to stay at home and step out only for essential and health purposes. The government on Monday issued fresh guidelines, further easing restrictions in Maharashtra, but said the general lockdown in the state will continue till September 30. "Persons above 65 years of age, those with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes," the government said in the new guidelines. (PTI)

14:27 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: Oxygen requirement set to rise, FDA says demand-supply situation ‘tight’
Pune district needs 175 metric tonne of medicinal oxygen per day. "Eleven companies supply the oxygen. As of now, supply and demand levels are same, but it is a tight situation...," Patil said. (Representational)

With nearly 2,000 new beds for Covid-19 patients coming up last week, the demand for medicinal oxygen, often needed by patients who are in advanced stages of the infection, is set to rise considerably.

“Two new jumbo hospitals have come up in Pune, besides two other facilities. In neighbouring Solapur and Satara districts, two new Covid facilities have come up. All these facilities will need additional amount of oxygen as the patient count goes up,” Joint Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration, S B Patil, told The Indian Express on Monday.

Pune district needs 175 metric tonne of medicinal oxygen per day. “Eleven companies supply the oxygen. As of now, supply and demand levels are same, but it is a tight situation…,” he said.

13:52 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Anant Chaturdashi: Over 35,000 cops to be deployed; BMC, traffic police issue advisory

Over 35,000 police personnel will be deployed across the city on Tuesday on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. The Mumbai Police’s deployment has been scaled down from last year as several large Ganpati pandals, including Lalbaugcha Raja, are not celebrating the festival this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Issuing guidelines for the festival, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said the civic body will collect Ganesh idols from the devotees even at natural ‘visarjan’ spots and no one will be allowed to immerse idols on their own to avoid overcrowding. BMC has deployed 23,000 officers and workers across 445 immersion sites to assist the devotees.

Out of the 445 immersion sites, 70 are natural immersion spots while 168 artificial ponds have been created this year, five times more than last year. In addition, there are 37 mobile immersion sites.

The traffic police said that portions of 54 roads leading to beaches and waterfronts will remain closed to traffic and motorists would only be able to travel in one direction on a further 56 roads. Parking will not be allowed on another 99 roads between 11 am on Tuesday and 6 am on Wednesday.

13:37 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Bombay HC refuses to postpone JEE Main, asks NTA to decide representations by students from flood-affected areas
JEE Main 2020 April session exams began today (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to postpone JEE Main examination for students residing in flood-affected areas in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. However, it said that students residing in flood-hit areas can approach the National Testing Agency (NTA), if they were unable to reach the exam centre or reached late. The court asked NTA to check the veracity of the claims and decide their representation within 15 days.

This comes after the state government submitted reports by district collectors stating that the flood situation was grim in only a few areas including Gadchiroli and there would not be transportation issues for examinees from other areas.

Nearly half an hour before the exam was to begin on Tuesday, a division bench of Justice Ravi K Deshpande and Pushpa V Ganediwala urgently heard a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) based on a letter written by a citizen from Bhandara seeking postponement of JEE Main examination scheduled on Tuesday as a relief for students residing in flood-affected districts in Vidarbha.

12:12 (IST)01 Sep 2020
India Covid-19 numbers explained, September 1: Pune now is ground zero
The daily rise in Covid-19 cases in India

As expected, Pune overtook Delhi on Monday to become the city with the largest number of people infected with the novel Coronavirus. The city, which had recorded one of the earliest cases of coronavirus infections in the country, now has more than 1.75 lakh people who have been infectedat some point.

Pune has been reporting the largest number of cases every day, between 2,000 and 3,000, for the last couple of weeks. District officials say this was the result of enhanced testing, and it was only normal that the cases would rise because of that, before stabilising, and hopefully, reducing.

A recent serological survey in Pune had revealed that in some pockets of the city, more than 50 per cent of the people might already have been infected with the disease, though most of these were asymptomatic cases and were never detected. This is the highest disease prevalence detected in any city through serological surveys. More than 50 per cent prevalence in a population group would imply a slowdown in the transmission rate, meaning fewer people should be getting the infection every day. This slowdown is still to begin in the Pune city, however.

11:23 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Mumbai: Parents say schools charging for facilities not being provided

The parents of at least 25 schools in Mumbai alleged on Monday that schools are continuing to charge fees for facilities they are not providing at the moment — such as fees for transport, laboratory, library as well as for sports day and annual day among others.

According to the parents, they would file separate petitions in the Bombay High Court against the respective schools for continuing to charge exorbitant fees despite remote learning being in progress and the impact of the pandemic on the household finances. They also alleged that many schools have removed students from online teaching groups and barred them from appearing for exams until fees are paid in full.

“The written exam for my child begins from September 7. Our login ID for the exam portal has been blocked,” said the parent of a student studying at a Mira Road-based school.

10:50 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Ganesh immersion: Konkan ‘keeps it simple’ this year
In the three coastal districts of the region, most families host the deity in their homes. (Representational)

Vikram Patil from Jakimirya in Ratnagiri lives right by the sea. On Tuesday, his family will bid adieu to Ganpati Bappa after hosting the deity in their home for 10 days. This year, however, there will be no procession ahead of immersing the Ganesh idol in the sea and the festival will come to an end, as Patil puts it, without any ‘josh (enthusiasm)’.

Each year ahead of Ganeshotsav, natives of Konkan are homeward bound from Mumbai, Pune and other parts of the state. The 10-day festival is celebrated with more fervour in the Konkan region than in other parts of the state.

In the three coastal districts of the region, most families host the deity in their homes. Unlike Mumbai and Pune where huge Ganesh idols arrive in thousands of pandals, in Konkan, the number of idols worshipped at home far outnumber those worshipped in public pandals. And the immersions on the second day after the idol is worshipped for one-and-half day, and on the fifth day, are higher compared to tenth day immersions, locals say.

10:13 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Maharashtra allows inter-district travel; fully 'unlocks' hotels

The Maharashtra government on Monday lifted restriction on inter-district movement of persons and goods, and said e-pass will not be required for undertaking such a journey from September 2. At the same time, the government said the general lockdown in the state will continue till September 30 as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, it also raised attendance in its offices and has allowed hotels and lodges to operate at 100 per cent capacity from September 2, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30.

Easing of restrictions came even as Maharashtra continues to register a record number of new coronavirus cases with no flattening of curve in sight in the state. The government announced that there shall be no restriction on inter-district movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries from September 2.

09:52 (IST)01 Sep 2020
VBA chief defies COVID-19 norms for reopening of temple, booked

Defying the social distancing norms, scores of members of the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and Warkaris launched a protest on Monday for reopening of the famous temple of Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur town in Maharashtra's Solapur district. During their agitation near the temple, which has been shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ambedkar said they were waiting for a response from the district collector over the demand and added that "I am here to break rules," prompting the Shiv Sena and the Congress to hit out at him.

Ambedkar later claimed that 15 members, including him, were allowed to enter the temple. Later in the day, police booked more than 1,000 people, including Ambedkar and members of warkari outfits, for unlawful assembly and for violating COVID-19 restrictions during the protest, a senior police officer said.

09:30 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: More can go to office but rail, Metro services to remain suspended
The August 29 Union Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines had asked states to allow resumption of Metro rail services “in a graded manner” from September 7. (Representational)

Local train and Metro rail services will continue to remain suspended in Maharashtra for the time being. Also, large public gatherings and congregations will be barred.

Two days after the Union government announced major relaxations in Unlock 4.0, Maharashtra — the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — has decided against the resumption of suburban rail services for the general public and Metro rail services for now.

The August 29 Union Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines had asked states to allow resumption of Metro rail services “in a graded manner” from September 7. The Railways had also indicated that it was ready to resume suburban rail operations for the Mumbai Metropolitan Area if the state government requested for it.

09:21 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Pune overtakes Delhi, now has highest number of Covid-19 cases in India
Police Checking and barricades on Jangli Maharaj road ahead of Ganesh Visarjan on Monday

With 1,931 new cases on Monday, Pune has now overtaken Delhi to become the city with the maximum number of people infected with the novel coronavirus. Monday’s addition took Pune’s total case count to 1,75,105, leaving behind Delhi’s 1,74,748, as per figures from the state Public Health department till August 31.

Pune already has the maximum number of active cases in the country. It currently has 52,172 patients, much more than about 20,000 in Mumbai and about 15,000 in Delhi. As many as 4,069 people have succumbed to the infection in the district, while 1,18,324 infected people have recovered from the disease so far.

The Pune district administration has been struggling to check the spread of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in March, when it registered the first patient of the state. The surge has put the administration on its toes, but its efforts have not yielded desired results.

09:20 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Maharashtra has 7,92,541 Covid cases; recovery rate rises to 72.37%

The total number of infections in Maharashtra rose to 7,92,541 with 11,852 new cases being reported on Monday. With 184 new deaths, the state’s fatality count rose to 24,583. Mumbai city reported 1,179 news cases on Monday. The recovery rate in the state is 72.37 per cent, while the fatality rate is 3.1 per cent.

22:18 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Maharashtra records 11,852 cases; 184 deaths

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 7,92,541 with the state reporting 11,852 new cases on Monday, the health department said. With 184 new deaths, the state's fatality count rose to 24,583, it said. The department said of the 184 deaths reported on Monday, 143 were from the past 48 hours, while 32 from last week. Nine of the deaths were from the period before the last week. (PTI)

21:58 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Cops gear up as Mumbai to bid adieu to Lord Ganesh on Sept 1

More than 35,000 police personnel will be deployed across Mumbai to ensure incident-free immersion of idols of Lord Ganesh on Tuesday, an official said on Monday. He said about 5,000 CCTV cameras will keep a close watch on immersion, which is expected to be low-key sans processions this year in view of COVID-19 restrictions. Various wings of the police department including the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Riots Control Unit, Rapid Action Force (RAF), and Home Guards will be manning the streets on Tuesday. (PTI)

20:33 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Maharashtra Unlock 4.0 Guidelines: What’s allowed, what’s not

Announcing ‘Unlock 4’ guidelines, the Maharashtra government announced significant easing of restrictions, including lifting restrictions on inter-district movement of persons and goods and raising attendance in its offices. Hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity from September 2, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30. Read more here

17:09 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Around 43 pc of COVID-19 cases recorded from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka: Centre

Around 43 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in India have been recorded from just three states, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the Union health ministry said on Monday. It asserted that the Centre is regularly engaging with the states and Union Territories that are reporting a spurt in cases and those with a higher fatality rate.

Such states and Union Territories have been advised to undertake aggressive measures to ensure higher testing, effective clinical management to lower fatality and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels, the health ministry said.  "India has registered 78,512 cases in the last 24 hours (August 30). Hence the report by certain media entities of about 80,000 cases in the last 24 hours is without any basis," it said.

The ministry also said that seven states have contributed to 70 per cent of these new cases in the last 24 hours. Of these, Maharashtra has contributed the maximum caseload amounting to almost 21 per cent, followed by Andhra Pradesh 13.5 per cent, Karnataka 11.27 per cent and Tamil Nadu with 8.27 per cent.

14:27 (IST)31 Aug 2020
VBA, Warkaris protest, seek reopening of Pandhapur temple

Several Warkaris and members of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi launched a protest on Monday demanding reopening of the famous temple of Lord Vitthal in Pandharpur town of Maharashtra's Solapur district, PTI reported. The protesters gathered near the temple, which has been shut due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions, and demanded that it be opened for devotees. "We are waiting for a response from the district collector," said Ambedkar. To a question on protesters gathering in a large number and there being no social distancing, he said it is the sentiments of people that have brought them to Pandharpur.

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Local train and Metro rail services will continue to remain suspended in Maharashtra for the time being. Also, large public gatherings and congregations will be barred.

Two days after the Union government announced major relaxations in Unlock 4.0, Maharashtra — the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — has decided against the resumption of suburban rail services for the general public and Metro rail services for now.

The August 29 Union Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines had asked states to allow resumption of Metro rail services “in a graded manner” from September 7. The Railways had also indicated that it was ready to resume suburban rail operations for the Mumbai Metropolitan Area if the state government requested for it.

Sources said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is worried that the resumption of these public transportation services in a big way would lead to formation of new mobile Covid-19 hotspots.

As anticipated, Maharashtra’s new guidelines, signed in by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, opened the doors for more people to attend offices. From September 2, private offices across the state will be permitted to operate with 30 per cent strength as against the 10 per cent allowed previously.

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