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Rupsa Chakraborty


Amid surge in cases, 90% Covid beds vacant in Mumbai
Wed, Dec 29, 2021

According to doctors, the patients who have been infected with Covid-19 recently are mostly mildly and moderately symptomatic and do not need hospitalisation.

Maharashtra Govt rejects 10,000 ex-gratia pleas, kin can file appeals online
Wed, Dec 29, 2021

Soon, rejected applicants will have the option to apply for a physical appeal on the portal, which was created to invite applications and pay the compensation.

With 45 lakh vials in stock, Maharashtra gears up to vaccinate 60 lakh kids
Wed, Dec 29, 2021

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved Covaxin for emergency use in children above the age of 12. It is presently the only vaccine available in India to inoculate children.

Mumbai accounts for 55% of Maharashtra’s Covid tally
Tue, Dec 28, 2021

🔴 In the last 10 days, active cases in the city have increased by 128%. On December 18, the city had 2,081 active cases, which surged to 4,765 on December 27.

For child vaccination drive, Maharashtra to get final figures from Centre
Tue, Dec 28, 2021

🔴 In Maharashtra, over 86% of the population is partially vaccinated and 56% fully vaccinated against Covid.

73% Omicron patients in Mumbai hospital vaccinated with 2 doses
Sat, Dec 25, 2021

This again highlights the fact that Omicron, with 37 mutations in its spike protein, can evade vaccines leading to more reinfections and breakthrough infections, where a patient contracts Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated against SARS-Cov-2.

Curbs back: From 9 pm to 6 am, ban on assembly of more than 5 persons in Maharashtra
Sat, Dec 25, 2021

Apart from the prohibitory orders imposed in the night, the order stated that in cases of marriages, the total attendees at any moment shall not exceed 100 for enclosed spaces, and 250 for open to sky or 25 per cent of total capacity of hall, whichever is less.

Maharashtra: Genome sequencing down by 58.6% since May, experts call for stepping up surveillance
Fri, Dec 24, 2021

Data shows that the total number of genome tests conducted in November in Maharashtra was nearly 58.6 per cent less than that conducted in May. As per the protocol, genome sequencing tests should be conducted on 5 per cent of total samples that have tested positive for Covid-19.

At 602, Mumbai sees most Covid cases in a day since October
Fri, Dec 24, 2021

On Thursday, of the 39,423 tests conducted, 602 individuals tested positive, which counts as 1.52 per cent positivity rate.

Maharashtra State commission for SC and ST writes to KEM hospital as student complains of facing casteist slur
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

🔴 On Monday, Sugat Bharat Padghan, 24, along with a few social workers, filed a complaint with the panel over the alleged discrimination. He also accused the hospital of trying to protect the students by providing them clearance in their in-house investigation.

Omicron concern: Maharashtra govt sanctions Rs 2.4 cr to buy S-gene testing kits
Wed, Dec 22, 2021

The test detects the absence of the S-gene, which is an indicator of the presence of Omicron variant in a Covid-19 patient.

Compensation for deceased covid patients: Kin file multiple claims for ex-gratia, a third of applications are duplicates
Tue, Dec 21, 2021

After strictures were passed by the Supreme Court, the Maharashtra government started disbursing the ex-gratia to the kin of Covid-19 deceased patients on December 9.

Covid fears keep Tibetan traders away from winterwear markets
Sun, Dec 19, 2021

As against the pre-pandemic years, when nearly 300 traders from Tibet would visit the Maharashtra capital to sell their winter wear, barely 50 people have set up their stalls this year.

Mumbai records 20% drop in live births in pandemic year
Sat, Dec 18, 2021

🔴 With an estimated 2 crore population, India's financial capital has recorded an average of 1.5 lakh live births annually since 2016, the year from which The Indian Express has accessed data.

Centre writes to Maharashtra amid rise in caseload; surge in testing the reason, say officials
Thu, Dec 16, 2021

🔴 The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reasoned that as the daily testing has been increased to 45,000 due to rising cases of Omicron, the number of daily cases has increased.

Maharashtra: Students claim 3,073 schools to be shut, govt denies
Thu, Dec 16, 2021

The parents, along with social activists, claimed that the government wants to shut down 3,073 schools that have fewer than 20 students each. Most of these schools are situated in the tribal and rural areas of Palghar, Thane, Raigad and Nashik, where the mode of transportation is limited.

Maharashtra: 880 patients in four regional mental hospitals had Covid, 24 succumbed
Wed, Dec 15, 2021

🔴 Data accessed by The Indian Express showed that in the four district mental hospitals in Pune, Thane, Nagpur and Ratnagiri, 883 patients living with mental ailments contracted novel coronavirus between March 2020 and September 2021, with 6.3% positivity rate.

Mission Vatsalya: Women’s commission takes note of inadequate implementation
Mon, Dec 13, 2021

On August 25, the women and child development department had announced the scheme for Covid widows, especially for rural districts, to provide 25 services under one roof.

MSHRC gets new chairperson after Bombay High Court directives, three years of wait
Sat, Dec 11, 2021

🔴 In an order passed on December 9, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari appointed retired Bombay High Court judge Kamalkishor Kapoorchandji Tated as the chairperson of MSHRC.

Mumbai records 3 new Omicron cases, Maharashtra tally now 17
Sat, Dec 11, 2021

The diagnosis of the third patient, a man from the densely populated Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia, became a cause of concern on Friday. However, health officers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that the patient was isolated within minutes of reaching Dharavi, limiting his exposure to close contacts.

7 new Omicron cases in Maharashtra, four from Pimpri-Chinchwad
Sat, Dec 11, 2021

🔴 Four of the seven patients with Omicron are fully vaccinated, said state Health Department officials.

After SC prod, Maharashtra govt begins disbursement of Covid ex-gratia to victims’ kin
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

Of the 1,41,204 deaths due to Covid-19 that had occurred till December 9, 66,000 applications from families of victims have been received on the portal --, created to invite such applications.

Maharashtra: No intention to stop international flights, says Rajesh Tope
Thu, Dec 09, 2021

🔴 To boost the capacity of genome sequencing, Tope said that two more laboratories will be set up in Nagpur and Aurangabad. It will cost over Rs 15 crore to set up the labs, he added.

Maharashtra: Tracing close contacts of fliers uphill task, say surveillance officers
Thu, Dec 09, 2021

🔴 A close contact is defined as a person who has been within 2 m or 6 ft from a person infected with Covid-19. Even being coughed upon by a person with Covid-19 infection can qualify one as a close contact.

Maharashtra: 22 of 36 districts lag behind state’s average of full vaccination coverage
Thu, Dec 09, 2021

With all eyes on the new variant, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked officials to ramp up vaccination efforts.