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Mumbai News Live: Mumbai logs 6,347 fresh Covid cases, one death; more than 22,000 active cases in city

Mumbai News Live: More than 10 ministers and 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: January 1, 2022 10:11:41 pm
Mumbai Covid liveMost states have issued strict curbs as a likely third wave grapples the country. (Express File Photo)

Mumbai News Live: Mumbai reported 6,347 fresh Covid-19 cases, one death and 451 recoveries on Saturday. The city had recorded 5,631 infections on Friday. The city now has 22,334 active cases.

Meanwhile, more than 10 ministers and at least 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday and added that strict restrictions might be clamped if the new COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.

Fifty-five per cent of the sequenced Covid-19 positive samples in Mumbai have been detected with the new variant Omicron, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Friday. This substantiates the claims of community transmission of Omicron, leading to the beginning of the third wave in Maharashtra.

Mumbai Police issued an order under section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting people from visiting beaches, open grounds, sea faces, promenades, gardens, parks or similar public places between 5 pm and 5 am daily from today till January 15 in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

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Mumbai News Live: Omicron tally at 454;  2 lakh active cases by Jan 3rd week, state health official warns; Mumbai has banned people from visiting beaches, open grounds, sea faces, promenades, gardens, parks or similar public places between 5 pm and 5 am daily from today till January 15; Follow this space for Live Updates:

22:11 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Due to rise in COVID-19 cases, two bullock cart races cancelled in Pune

The rise in COVID-19 cases led to the Pune district administration canceling two bullock cart races that were planned on Saturday, an official said.

The races were to be held in Nanoli in Maval tehsil and Chinchodi in Ambegaon tehsil and the order canceling them for the time being due to rising COVID-19 cases was issued by Collector Rajesh Deshmukh, he said.

Pune district on Saturday reported 631 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, taking the tally to 11,65,217 and the toll to 19,249, a health department official said.

Of the six Omicron variant cases detected in the state during the day, three are from the district, comprising two from Pimpri Chinchwad and one from Pune city, he said. (PTI)

22:10 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Five visitors to Koregaon Bhima memorial test positive for Covid in antigen test

Five out of over 5,000 persons who were among those who visited the Jaystambh military monument in the district on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen tests, officials said. Lakhs of people paid tributes at the monument to mark the 204th anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle.

"There was a thermal screening facility in the parking area where people were screened for COVID-19 symptoms and some were tested with antigen kits," said Abhinav Deshmukh, Superintendent of Police, Pune Rural. "A total of 5,765 tests were conducted till 5 pm and five people were found positive," he said. Ayush Prasad, CEO, Pune Zilla Parishad, said two of these persons who tested positive were from Nashik. (PTI)

21:37 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Lockdown not under discussion: State health minister

The imposition of lockdown in the state was not being discussed at present, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here on Saturday.

Maharashtra on Friday reported 8,067 new coronavirus cases, 50 per cent more than the day before.

Disaster management minister Vijay Wadettiwar had said the day before that the "stage of fresh lockdown" was nearing, but the decision will be taken by the chief minister.

"Decision of lockdown is not under discussion currently. The government will take decision about restrictions by taking into consideration the case positivity rate, hospital bed occupancy and oxygen consumption," Tope told reporters.

"If the daily (medical) oxygen requirement crosses 700 metric tons, then the state will go into lockdown automatically," he said. (PTI)

21:36 (IST)01 Jan 2022
ANC nabs three Nigerians with drugs worth Rs 3.18 crore in Mumbai

Three Nigerians were arrested in the western suburb of Bandra and Navi Mumbai for alleged possession of various drugs worth over Rs 3 crore on New Year's Eve, police said on Saturday.

The accused, who are suspected to be part of an international drug syndicate, had brought the contraband to the city to sell it to people at New Year parties, an official said.

A patrolling team of the Mumbai police's Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) nabbed one of the accused Ebey Chenedu Mike (39) near Tata Colony at Bandra Kurla Complex on Friday, the official said.

The ANC's Bandra unit recovered 105 gm of cocaine and 120 gm of mephedrone from a bag in the accused's possession, he said.

On interrogation, Mike revealed that he had procured the contraband from Odiphe Bartholomue (40) and Monday Egvu (38), he said.

The ANC team nabbed the duo at Vashi check naka in Navi Mumbai, and seized 120 gm of cocaine and 850 gm of mephedrone from Odiphe and 180 gm of white and 350 gm of grey mephedrone and 235 gm of MDMA from Monday, the official said. (PTI)

21:35 (IST)01 Jan 2022
BJP leaders being targeted with fake cases, don't know who to talk to in MVA govt, says Danve

Fake cases were being foisted on BJP leaders in Maharashtra out of vindictiveness but there was no one to talk to in the MVA government as the chief minister was "unwell" and the state home minister was "missing", claimed Union Minister Raosaheb Danve on Saturday.

The CM had undergone cervical spine surgery on November 12 and was discharged from hospital on December 2, and he had also missed the winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly between December 22 and 28.

Speaking to reporters here, Danve said, "Offences are being registered against BJP leaders out of vindictiveness, but we have faith in the courts. However, if we want to talk on this issue with the state government, we do not know who to approach."

"The chief minister is unwell, the home minister is missing and senior police officials are missing," he claimed, though he did not elaborate on his statement or give details on why he felt they were "missing". (PTI)

21:34 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Cross examination of son Hamid by defence concludes

The cross-examination of Hamid Dabholkar by the defence in the murder case of his father and renowned rationalist Narendra Dabholkar concluded on Saturday in a special court in Pune in Maharashtra.

The rationalist was shot dead on Omkareshwar bridge while on a morning walk on August 20, 2013.

During the cross-examination, Hamid said his father faced opposition from various outfits, defence lawyer Prakash Salsingikar said.

Hamid also denied he knew the headquarters of the Sanatan Sanstha, one of the outfits that had been allegedly opposing the work of his father, or that he had read its rules. (PTI)

21:31 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Mumbai: Uddhav govt waives property tax on residential units up to 500 sq ft

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday announced the government’s decision to waive property tax on residential units measuring up to 500 sq ft in Mumbai. The decision, being termed as a “new year gift” to the people of Mumbai, was the fulfilment of a promise that the Shiv Sena had made before the Mumbai civic body election in 2017.

Virtually sounding the poll bugle for the BMC election with his announcement, Thackeray said that the Shiv Sena always fulfils the promises made to the people. Read more

21:29 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Mumbai: GRP nabs man with stolen gold worth Rs 25 lakh at Bandra station

The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Saturday apprehended a man with stolen gold jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh at Bandra Terminus here, an official said. The accused had allegedly broken into a house in Kherwadi area and decamped with gold ornaments on New Year's Eve, the official said.

Based on a complaint, an FIR was registered at Nirmal Nagar police station on Friday and a hunt was launched for the absconding accused, he said. Before the accused could flee the city by train, a team from the GRP nabbed him with the stolen bounty, the official added. (PTI)

20:21 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Maharashtra reports 9,170 fresh cases and seven deaths

Maharashtra reports 9,170 new cases, 1,445 recoveries and seven deaths today. Active cases are at 32,225. The state also reported six more Omicron cases, which took the state tally up to 460.

18:43 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Mumbai logs 6,347 fresh Covid cases, one death

Mumbai reported 6,347 fresh Covid-19 cases, one death and 451 recoveries on Saturday. The city had recorded 5,631 infections on Friday. The city now has 22,334 active cases.

17:29 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Mumbai: No property tax on residential properties up to 500 sq ft, says Uddhav Thackeray

Property tax on residential units of up to 500 sq ft, located within the Mumbai municipal area limits, will be waived off, Maharashtra Government said on Saturday. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced the decision at a meeting of the urban development department earlier in the day, an official release said.

The waiver comes ahead of Mumbai municipal corporation elections due next month.

The CM has asked the administration to implement the decision with immediate effect, the release said. It quoted Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde as saying that the decision will benefit owners of over 16 lakh houses below 500 sq feet in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) limits. (PTI)

17:04 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Over 10 ministers, 20 MLAs have tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, says Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

More than 10 ministers and at least 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday and added that strict restrictions might be clamped if the new COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. Pawar's warning came a day after Maharashtra reported 8,067 fresh coronavirus positive cases, as much as 50 per cent more than Thursday.

"We cut short the Assembly session recently. So far, over 10 ministers and over 20 MLAs have tested positive for coronavirus. Everybody wants to be part of the celebrations of New Year, birthdays and other occasions. Keep in mind that the new variant (Omicron) spreads fast and hence caution is needed. PM Narendra Modi has appealed and some states have announced a night curfew. In Maharashtra, cases are increasing in Mumbai and Pune," he told reporters after visiting the Jaystambh military monument in Perne village on the occasion of the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima. (PTI)

15:59 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Low-key welcome of New Year in Mumbai amid rise in COVID-19 cases, prohibitory orders

For the second year in a row, the New Year eve celebrations remained muted in Mumbai in view of the order prohibiting public gatherings at popular places amid the rise in new COVID-19 cases. Mumbaikars' favourite destinations like the Gateway of India, Marine Drive and seafronts at Dadar, Girgaon and Juhu wore almost a deserted look as police personnel deployed at these places and on streets ensured that the prohibitory order was implemented strictly, an official said on Saturday.

Police personnel were seen asking people to vacate these spots through the public announcement system before the 5 PM deadline on Friday. "This is an appreciation post for you Mumbai. These deserted and silent streets speak volumes about your concern for the city and its safety. What a perfect welcome to 2022," Mumbai Police tweeted on Friday night.

Due to the curbs, citizens preferred to ring in the New Year with families and friends at hotels, restaurants, and in some cases, on terraces of their housing societies. Nakabandis or checking of vehicles was conducted at 134 spots by the police. Vehicles were checked and senior police officers patrolled streets, the official added. (PTI)

13:47 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Drugs case: NCB moves HC for cancellation of bail granted to Nawab Malik’s son-in-law

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) approached the Bombay High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted by a special court to Sameer Khan, son-in-law of state cabinet minister Nawab Malik. Nearly nine months after he was arrested in connection with a drugs case, a special court granted bail to Khan last September. The special court had also granted bail to co-accused Rahila Furniturewala and Karan Sejnani. Read More

12:27 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Art Street: The Warkari Dindi sculpture at Juhu Circle that caught the CM’s eye

Nearly two years ago, artist Raju Bind received an unusual call. It was from Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Thackeray had seen the ” Warkari dindi” sculpture at Juhu circle while travelling and it had left an impression on him. Bind was summoned. He said an impressed Shiv Sena chief asked Bind to make another similar sculpture for him.

Standing on the Sant Namdev Maharaj Chowk, better known as Juhu circle, one of the busiest traffic junctions in the city’s western suburbs, the Warkari Dindi sculpture was inaugurated just in time before the code of conduct for the 2014 state elections came into effect. Inaugurated by the then Mumbai Mayor Sunil Prabhu, the installation has five figures comprising four men and a woman. The woman dressed in a Lugada saree is carrying a tulsi plant over her head, while the four men have various musical instruments, including the Iktari and cymbals. Read more. 

12:16 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Stricter restrictions if Covid cases keep rising: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister

More than 10 ministers and 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said today, adding strict restrictions would be enforced if the Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the state. “We cut short the assembly session recently. So far, over 10 ministers and over 20 MLAs have tested positive for coronavirus. Everybody wants to be part of the celebrations of New Year, birthdays and other occasions. Keep in mind that the new variant (Omicron) spreads fast and hence caution is needed,” he said. On the possibility of imposition of more curbs, Pawar said the state government is keeping a tab on the increasing number of patients. “If the number of patients continues to rise then there will be strict restrictions. To avoid strict restriction everybody should follow norms,” he said. (ANI)

11:12 (IST)01 Jan 2022
10 ministers, over 20 MLAs test positive for Covid

At least 10 ministers and over 20 MLAs have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state, Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar announced on Saturday. (ANI)

10:30 (IST)01 Jan 2022
If Covid-19 cases keep rising there will be strict restrictions, says Maha deputy CM

More than ten ministers and at least 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday and added that strict restrictions might be clamped if the new Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the state. Pawar's warning came a day after Maharashtra reported 8,067 fresh coronavirus positive cases, as much as 50 per cent more than Thursday. (PTI)

09:32 (IST)01 Jan 2022
7th genome sequencing: 55% of Covid-19 patients detected with Omicron variant in Mumbai

Fifty-five per cent of the sequenced Covid-19 positive samples in Mumbai have been detected with the new variant Omicron, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Friday. This substantiates the claims of community transmission of Omicron, leading to the beginning of the third wave in Maharashtra.

Mumbai, with 5,428 cases, contributed 67.2 per cent to the state’s tally of 8,067 cases on Friday, as per the data of the state government. The figures released by the BMC, meanwhile, said that Mumbai on Friday reported 5,631 Covid-19 cases.

The difference in BMC’s and state’s Covid-19 figures is due to the delay on part of the civic body to register data on the centralised Covid-19 server. Read more. 

09:31 (IST)01 Jan 2022
2 lakh active cases by Jan 3rd week: Maharashtra Additional chief secretary (health)

Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, Additional Chief Secretary of the public health department Pradeep Vyas on Friday wrote to all collectors, divisional commissioners, municipal commissioners and chief executive officers of various districts cautioning them that there will be about 2 lakh active cases by the third week of January 2022.

He also issued directions on preparations as some of the cases may need hospitalization.

Vyas warned against complacency and called for rational and scientific thinking. “Genomic sequencing results show that still we have Delta variant in more than 7O% cases. This figure will vary from district to district… Please remember unvaccinated persons in the present wave are at as much risk (or rather more) as in second wave,” his letter said. Read more. 

According to the seven-day forecast by the India Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature will rise by one-two degrees Celsius over the next few days. (File)

2 lakh active cases by Jan 3rd week: Maharashtra Additional chief secretary (health)

Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, Additional Chief Secretary of the public health department Pradeep Vyas on Friday wrote to all collectors, divisional commissioners, municipal commissioners and chief executive officers of various districts cautioning them that there will be about 2 lakh active cases by the third week of January 2022.

He also issued directions on preparations as some of the cases may need hospitalization.

Vyas warned against complacency and called for rational and scientific thinking. “Genomic sequencing results show that still we have Delta variant in more than 7O% cases. This figure will vary from district to district… Please remember unvaccinated persons in the present wave are at as much risk (or rather more) as in second wave,” his letter said.

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