Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates: 196 held from bar, pub for violating lockdown norms in Mumbai

Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates:PMPML staff sanitize the Bus stand at Deccan Gymkhana Bus Stand in Pune on Tuesday. (Express file photo by Ashish Kale)

Maharashtra Coronavirus News Live Updates: Maharashtra reported 5,548 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the state’s tally to 16,78,406, while the death toll touched 43,911 with 74 fatalities, PTI quoted a health department official as saying. The number of recoveries in the state rose to 15,10,353, the official said. Maharashtra’s recovery rate is 89.99 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.62 per cent, he added. There are 1,23,585 active cases in the state at present.

Mumbai reported 992 new coronavirus cases, taking the city’s tally to 2,57,497, and its death toll rose by 32 to reach 10,293. Pune city recorded 248 new cases, taking its tally to 77,214, while the death toll rose to 1,572 with one more death. Among the 1,23,585 active patients in Maharashtra, the highest 24,702 are in Pune district, followed by 18,980 in Mumbai and 17,937 in Thane.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police arrested 196 people from a bar and a pub in suburban Andheri in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly violating the lockdown guidelines, a police official told PTI. Acting on an information, the city police’s social service branch raided the bar and the pub located in Sakinaka area of Andheri.

Mumbai Police arrested 196 people from a bar and a pub in suburban Andheri in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly violating the lockdown guidelines, a police official told PTI. Acting on an information, the city police’s social service branch raided the bar and the pub located in Sakinaka area of Andheri, he said. The police subsequently arrested 196 people, including 171 male and female customers, 19 workers, two owners of the facilities, three managers and a cashier, the official said. Restaurants and bars were allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity from October 5.

Bharat Biotech is planning to launch its vaccine for COVID-19 in the second quarter next year if it gets the requisite approvals from the Indian regulatory authorities, a top company official said.

It said its immediate focus is to conduct the Phase 3 trials successfully across sites in the country.

The company’s vaccine candidate -Covaxin- has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology (NIV) using inactivated Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated in an ICMR lab.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected at least Rs 3.4 crore in fine from people caught not wearing masks in public places, officials said on Friday. To curb a post-festival spike in Covid-19 cases, the BMC has increased inspection drives in the city, with the violation attracting a penalty of Rs 200.

Between April 8 and October 29, the highest defaulters were found in ward L of the city, that covers areas such as Sakinaka and Kurla, at 10,929. It was followed by ward K west, which covers Andheri West and Juhu, at 8,890 defaulters. K west ward also has the second highest active Covid-19 cases in the city at 1,491, as of October 29. After threats of legal action were deemed inadequate, officials in the area had recently made 35 violators perform community service by cleaning up roads.

Doctors at Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) hospital have now started pushing the state government to consider converting GT hospital back into a non-Covid facility, as routine non-Covid procedures have been on hold since March.

The state medical education department gave its unofficial nod to start non-Covid procedures at the hospital, but the process may still take a few more days.

The city is witnessing a gradual decline in active Covid-19 caseload with around 1,000 to 1,200 new cases daily and 100 to 150 hospital admissions.

Officials of the Pune Cantonment Board and Pune Police penalise people roaming without masks inside Market Yard on Tuesday. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)

Starting Sunday, the Central Railway and the Western Railway will run an additional 610 local services in Mumbai, increasing daily services from 1,410 to 2,020. The announcement comes two days after the Maharashtra government wrote to the general managers of CR and WR proposing that the general public be allowed to travel by Mumbai local trains during non-peak hours.

The additional services that will ply Sunday onwards are still restricted only for essential service workers, and at specified hours of the day, women commuters. A decision about opening the local train services — closed to the public at large — for all is expected on Monday, railway officials said.

The move comes as the government has included more categories of workers in essential services, and opened up the trains for women commuters, leading to crowding in the limited number of local services.