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Maharashtra Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Govt frames SOPs for reopening of restaurants

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News HIGHLIGHTS: Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally reached 13,51,153 on Monday with the one-day jump of 11,921 fresh cases, state health department said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 30, 2020 2:27:33 pm
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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: With the current lockdown in Maharashtra coming to end on September 30, the government has framed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening of restaurants and a decision will be taken once these guidelines are finalised, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Monday. The chief minister said this while interacting with the representatives of associations of restaurateurs from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur via video conferencing.

Maharashtra’s Covid-19 tally reached 13,51,153 on Monday with the one-day jump of 11,921 fresh cases, state health department said. With 180 people succumbing to the infection, the death toll went up to 35,751, it said. Of the 180 deaths reported on Monday, 98 were from the past 48 hours, while 45 fatalities had occurred last week and another 37 deaths were from the period before the last week, the department said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated the process of purchasing real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) discontinued its supply to states from September. The current stock of RT-PCR kits with the BMC will last till end-October, officials said. An RT-PCR test is considered to be the most reliable Covid-19 testing method as compared to rapid antigen tests, where there are high chances of ‘false negative’. The average cost of a RT-PCR kit is Rs 450.

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21:55 (IST)29 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Maha govt issues guidelines for Navratri, Dussehra

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday urged people to celebrate the upcoming Navratri and Dussehra festivals in a low-key manner due to the coronavirus outbreak and suggested organisation of health and blood donation camps instead of dandiya, garba and cultural events involving mass participation. In guidelines issued during the day by the state home department, festivals organisers, also called mandals in local parlance, were asked to spread awareness on COVID-19, malaria and dengue among other diseases.

As per the guidelines, the height of Goddess Durga idols installed by mandals (during Navratri) have been capped at four feet and household ones at two feet, and immersion procession, crowded affairs during normal times, have been disallowed.

20:20 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Maharashtra reports nearly 15000 daily cases

Maharashtra reports 14,976 new COVID-19 cases to take tally to 13,66,129; toll up to 36,181 as 430 more patients die: Official

17:16 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Maha govt will last full term, no mid-term polls: Sanjay Raut

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will complete its five-year term, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday while ruling out possibility of mid-term elections in the state. Raut told reporters that people of the state do not want polls now. His comment came a day after Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil said that "there will be no option if no combination works out", while replying to a query on
possibility of mid-term polls in the state.

"Nobody wants mid-term polls. But one also cannot figure out a solution to instability. Hence, something may happen one fine morning. All will try to see nothing happens But if no combination works out, then there will be no option," Patil had told reporters, adding that no party wanted
polls now. (PTI)

16:13 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Devise way to allow citizens to use local trains: HC to Maharashtra

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday said the Maharashtra government needed to come up with a way to allow common people to use public transport system in Mumbai as people are losing jobs, while hearing a plea by lawyers seeking permission to board suburban trains.

The HC directed the government to file its reply within a week on a plea filed by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa demanding all lawyers from Maharashtra be allowed to board local trains for court hearings in Mumbai. The Bar Council claims to represent over 1,75,000
lawyers from the two states.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni also sought reply from the state government on another plea of lawyers demanding that consumer courts across the state be directed to begin proceedings either online or through physical hearings.

13:22 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Maharashtra: Palghar district on alert over Congo fever

The Palghar administration on Tuesday asked authorities to remain alert against a possible spread of the Congo fever in the Maharashtra district.

The Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), commonly known as the Congo fever, spreads in humans through ticks.

The district administration said in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, this is a matter of concern for cattle- breeders, meat-sellers and animal husbandry officials, and it is necessary to take timely precautions as there is no specific and useful treatment for the CCHF.

12:38 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Soon, flap gates with QR code scanners at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

The Mumbai Division of Central Railway (CR) has decided to install flap gates for automatic entry at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). The facility, which aims to do away with physical ticket checking, will be available only for passengers of long-distance trains.

The gates will have QR code scanners and a thermal scanning feature. Passengers will have to place the QR code on their tickets on the scanners at the entry gate for validation of ticket details. Access will be permitted only after validation of both ticket details and temperature screening.

Presently, a QR code is generated for tickets booked through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) portal or Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters. The QR code carries all details on the ticket and can be accessed by a passenger from the PDF of ticket generated through IRCTC or by clicking the URL in the SMS received upon booking the ticket.

The CR said the initiative will facilitate safe travel during Covid-19, promote social distancing between passengers and Railway staff, help in detecting unauthorised access to station premises and rationalise human resources.

22:35 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Maharashtra adds 11,921 new COVID-19 cases, 19,932 recover; 180 die

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally reached 13,51,153 on Monday with the one-day jump of 11,921 fresh cases, state health department said. With 180 people succumbing to the infection, the death count went up to 35,751, it said. Of the 180 deaths reported on Monday, 98 were from the past 48 hours, while 45 fatalities had occurred last week and another 37 deaths were from the period before the last week, the department said.

21:12 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Pune: Released on temporary bail due to Covid-19, undertrial arrested for murder and robbery

An undertrial who was released on temporary bail four months earlier from Yerwada jail due to the Covid-19 outbreak has been arrested by Pune City Police for allegedly murdering a man in Swargate bus depot area earlier this month.

Police have identified the accused as Rushikesh Jivaji Kamthe (34), and the victim as Nagesh Dagadu Gund (37). Gund, a resident of Tuljapur in Osmanabad district, was murdered in Swargate bus depot area around 11.30 pm on September 3.

Police said that Gund worked as a driver of private vehicles. He had come from Osmanabad to Pune for work and was waiting for his friend Kamlakar Ghodke (29) at Swargate. Read full story

20:34 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Maha govt frames SOPs for reopening of restaurants: CM Thackeray

With the present lockdown in Maharashtra coming to end on September 30, the state government has framed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening of restaurants and a decision will be taken once these guidelines are finalised, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday. The chief minister interacted with representatives of associations of restaurateurs from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur via video conferencing, an official statement said.

"The state government has framed SOPs for reopening restaurants and those have been sent to the people concerned. "A decision about reopening restaurants will be taken once these (SOPs) are finalised," the statement quoted Thackeray as saying. The chief minister said that given the COVID-19 threat, his government was taking steps cautiously and SOPs have been framed accordingly.

18:53 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Mumbai's Dharavi area reports 12 new COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 tally in Mumbai's slum colony Dharavi rose to 3,152 with the addition of 12 new cases on Monday, a senior BMC official said.

After reporting seven fresh cases on September 25, Dharavi has been registering double digit daily infections (between 10 and 20) since the past three days. He said 2,682 COVID-19 patients in the slum-dominated area have already recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals. According to the official, presently Dharavi has 188 patients under treatment.

Dharavi, having a population of more than 6.5 lakh, is spread over 2.5 square kilometres.

18:20 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Restaurants in Maharashtra to open for dine-in from October first week

The Maharashtra government has agreed to allow restaurant owners in the state to provide dine-in service from the first week of October. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made the promise to a delegation of restaurant owners from Pune at a meeting held in Mumbai. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and Excise Secretary Valsa Nair Singh. Apart from representatives of Pune restaurant owners association, those from Mumbai and Nagpur too participated in the meet. 

'We had a fruitful meeting with CM Uddhav Thackeray and his team about reopening of dine-in facility at the restaurants. The CM has assured us that the restaurant will be allowed to provide the service from October first week. He has asked us to ensure that the standard operating procedure (SOP) required to be followed by the restaurants are strictly being adhered to and safety of the patrons is not compromised,' said Ganesh Shetty, President of Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers' Association (PRAHA). Sources in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said that the government has prepared an SOP for the restaurants to follow.

16:23 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Nagpur University to conduct exams via app from Oct 1

Nearly 78,000 students of the Nagpur University in Maharashtra will appear for their final year exams online through a mobile app from October 1 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Monday. Students can download the 'RTMNU Pariksha' app from the Google Playstore or website of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University on Android-based phones, the university's board of examination director Prafulla Sabale told PTI.

The online exams will consist of 50 multiple choice questions, out of which students will have to solve 25 questions, the official said. "Each question will carry two marks. Students can solve more than 25 questions, and the best 25 will be selected for evaluation. There is no negative marking," Sabale said.

The app provides students all the necessary instructions regarding the exams and also a mock test, which the students can take for practice. The exams will be held from October 1 to 18 as per the university's time table.

15:33 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Maharashtra’s Chief Secretary goes into home isolation after testing positive for Covid-19

Maharashtra’s Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar has tested positive for the coronavirus. Kumar, 59, is the latest among senior bureaucrats in Maharashtra to catch the infection. At the epicentre of the pandemic, the state has so far reported 1,339,232 cases and 35,571 deaths.

Earlier last week, Additional Chief Secretary (General Administration) Sujata Saunik had tested positive for the coronavirus and is under home isolation. Mumbai’s additional municipal commissioner Ashwini Bhide and Sanjeev Jaiswal have also tested positive. Commissioner (Family Welfare) and Director of the National Health Mission N Ramaswami is also recovering from the infection. In Mantralaya, the state secretariat, a senior bureaucrat complained that “many ministers had begun holdings meetings in congested rooms without practicing social distancing.” Read more here

14:11 (IST)28 Sep 2020
214 new Covid cases in Aurangabad; 7 more deaths

Aurangabad has added 214 coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the Maharashtra district to 32,993, an official said on Monday. The district also reported seven more deaths on Sunday, raising the toll to 916, he said. As of now, there are 5,961 Covid cases in the district, while 26,116 patients have recovered from the viral infection, the official said.

13:27 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar tests positive for Covid-19

Maharashtra's Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar today tested positive for coronavirus. Kumar said he got himself tested after one of his office staff got the infection. He went into home isolation as recommended by the doctors. 

12:57 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Latur temple gets notice after it opens for devotees

A gram panchayat in Latur district issued a notice to the management of a temple which opened for devotees despite restrictions amid the pandemic. The notice was issued to the management of a Hanuman temple in Makani Thor village in the district's Nilangekar taluka after people thronged it to offer prayers on Saturday, sarpanch Shreeniwas Ashok told new agency PTI. The temple attracts devotees from several parts of the state as well as Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

12:02 (IST)28 Sep 2020
MSRTC to operate special buses for MHT-CET and UPSC aspirants

To ensure that aspirants of various technical courses and civil services reach their exam centres in the city with ease, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will operate special buses from October 1 to October 20. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra has announced that the exams for physics, chemistry and biology (PCB) group will he held on October 1-2 and October 4 to 9. The exams for physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) group will be held on October 12-16 and October 19-20. The MHT-CET 2020 exam was earlier scheduled to be held in April but got postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Similarly, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has scheduled its preliminary examination on October 4. As Pune is a hub for civil services preparation, thousands of aspirants from across the state usually take the UPSC test in Pune. 

11:49 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Pune jumbo Covid facility: Woman doctor accuses 2 doctors of molesting her

A woman doctor at the jumbo Covid facility in Pune has filed a police complaint against two male doctors at the facility alleging they molested her on several occasions in the last few days. Police said the woman doctor alleged in her statement that the two male doctors were behaving with her in an indecent manner for a week and molested her on multiple occasions. An FIR was registered on Saturday. Officials from Shivajinagar police station declined to give more details. No arrest had been made till late Sunday night. Shivajinagar police have booked the two doctors under IPC Section 354 pertaining to ‘Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty’. The complainant and the accused doctors were hired by the agency currently running the facility.

11:11 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Covid tally in Thane crosses 1.70 lakh

The coronavirus tally in Thane reached 1,70,157 on Monday after 1,523 new cases were found in the Maharashtra district, an official told news agency PTI. The death toll in the district rose to 4,365 after 30 people succumbed to the viral infection on Sunday, he added. Out of the new cases, 418 were reported from Thane city, 347 from Navi Mumbai, 340 from Kalyan town and the remaining from other parts of the district, the official said.

10:37 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Since April, BMC fined 14,207 people for not wearing masks

As part of its drive against those found not wearing masks in public places, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has, so far, collected Rs 52.76 lakh in fines from 14,207 people since April, officials said. Of the total amount, Rs 1.9 lakh from 9,218 people has been collected since September 13, when the civic body reduced the amount from Rs 1,000 to Rs 200, while simultaneously cracking down harder on defaulters as cases in Mumbai were rising. Between April and September 12, when the amount was Rs 1,000, the BMC collected Rs 33.68 lakh in 4,989 instances.

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Maharashtra's Thane district, meanwhile, reported 1,658 new Covid-19 cases, pushing its caseload to 1,71,815, PTI quoted an official as saying on Tuesday. With 31 deaths on Monday, the death toll in the district rose to 4,936, the official said.

Maximum cases have been reported from Kalyan at 41,773, followed by 35,983 in Thane city and 35,934 in Navi Mumbai.

There are 17,787 active Covid-19 cases in the district while 1,49,632 people have recovered from the infection, the official added.

The recovery rate in the district is 87.09 per cent while the mortality rate is 2.56 per cent.