Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: With 18,056 new coronavirus positive cases in 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in Maharashtra zoomed past 1,339,232, the state health department announced. As many as 380 fatalities were registered during the period, taking the toll to 35,571, it added.
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.
Meanwhile, a fire broke out in an ICU section of a government hospital in Kolhapur district early this morning, PTI reported. All 15 patients who were in the ICU section were immediately shifted out and the blaze has been extinguished, an official said.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In Mumbai, the civic body is conducting about 11,000 to 12,000 Covid-19 tests daily, of which nearly 70 per cent are done using RT-PCR test kits. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the BMC was receiving the testing kits from the ICMR free-of-charge.
With 18,056 new coronavirus positive cases in 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in Maharashtra zoomed past 1,339,232, the state health department announced. As many as 380 fatalities were registered during the period, taking the toll to 35,571, it added. Follow our blog for all the latest updates.
There are 2,73,228 active cases in Maharashtra at present.
A total of 13,565 patients were discharged on Sunday. With this, the state’s recovery count stands at 10,30,015, the state health department said in a statement.
There are 2,73,228 active cases in Maharashtra at present.
As many as 65,65,649people have been tested so far, the department said.