Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: With 416 deaths in a single day, the coronavirus fatality count in Maharashtra mounted to 34,761 on Friday, the state health department announced. The overall tally also zoomed past 13,00,757 with over 17,000 fresh cases registered during the same period.
With a gradual spike in daily Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai, the waiting time at major cremation centres, like the Shivaji Park crematorium, has increased substantially. Over the last few days, the number of people dying due to the virus in Mumbai has increased from an average of 30 to 35 to 40 to 50 a day. This has meant a longer wait at most crematoriums with the relatives and friends of the deceased having to wait for up to six hours to perform the last rites of their loved ones.
On Friday, state Food and Drug Administration Minister Rajendra Shingne warned against a crack down on those involved in black-marketing of Remdesivir, a drug used to treat Covid-19 patients. “There are complaints about black-marketing of Remdesivir. A few days ago, one particular batch of the medicine had failed, creating a shortfall of 20,000 vials. But six producer companies have promised to provide 1,10,000 vials soon. So, there will be enough medicine available,” he said.
As many as 351 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while seven patients died of the infection in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, an official said on Saturday. With the addition of fresh infections, the case count in the district has reached 32,440, the official said. At least seven patients succumbed to the infection Friday night, taking the death toll to 900, he said. As many as 351 patients were discharged from various treatment facilities, which took the number of recoveries to 25,405, the official said. Meanwhile, district collector Sunil Chavan said maximum number of deceased patients in the district were above the age of 45.
The coronavirus tally in Thane district reached 1,67,013 with the addition of 1,670 cases, an official said on Saturday, PTI reported. The new cases were reported on Friday. The death toll in the district grew to 4,302 as 33 persons succumbed to the infection on Friday, he said. Bhiwandi, Ambarnath and Badlapur civic bodies in the district did not report a single death on Friday, the official said.
A sero-survey conducted on the employees of a research institution in the city and their families has found that 7 per cent of volunteers have developed antibodies against Covid-19. Recently, 339 volunteers – scientists, research students and administrative staff of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and CSIR-Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP), along with their family members, had participated in this sero-survey, the results of which were released on Friday. According to the results, samples of 24 persons showed presence of antibodies for Covid-19. Among them were 18 males and six females. They included nine staff, five students and seven family members. Click here to read more.
Even as the district hospital in Aundh emerged as the second government-run facility with the highest death rate of around 10 per cent, the district administration said there were at least 111 smaller hospitals in rural areas of Pune district that had not even reported a single death of a Covid-19 patient. “There are 122 small and big hospitals in rural areas. Except for two to three hospitals, others are smaller. Of these 122 hospitals, which are dedicated Covid facilities, 111 have not reported a single death in the last six months. Only 11 hospitals have reported deaths so far,” said Pune Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad, who is the executive chairperson of the district health society. Prasad said in rural areas, deaths were higher in Rui hospital (Baramati), Saswad, and Narayangaon. “Most hospitals in rural areas are small with less than 50 beds or 10 to 15 beds,” he said. Click here to read more.
Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut on Friday questioned the timing of the Bihar elections amid the prevailing coronavirus situation in the country. He also attacked the BJP-led Centre and the JD(U) government in Bihar for politicising the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput ahead of the Assembly polls. “The parliament session was curtailed due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation. Is the coronavirus pandemic over in Bihar? Is this the right situation to hold the polls?” asked Raut, Sena’s chief spokesperson, while speaking to the media persons. Raut’s statement came soon after the Election Commission on Friday announced that the Bihar Assembly elections will be held in three phases — on October 28, November 3 and November 7, and the counting of the votes will take place on November 10.
Maharashtra on Friday exempted persons with disabilities (PwDs) employed by state government from having to go to their workplaces during the pandemic. An order issued by the state’s Social Justice and Special Assistance Department stated that the exemption will remain in force until full restoration of public transport facilities. Under the guidelines of Mission Begin Again, the Thackeray-led government had made 100 per cent attendance mandatory for Class A and Class B employees from September 1 onwards in government offices, prior to which it was only 15 per cent.
With a gradual spike in daily Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai, the waiting time at major cremation centres, like the Shivaji Park crematorium, has increased substantially.Over the last few days, the number of people dying due to the virus in Mumbai has increased from an average of 30 to 35 to 40 to 50 a day. This has meant a longer wait at most crematoriums with the relatives and friends of the deceased having to wait for up to six hours to perform the last rites of their loved ones. Till June, Mumbai was recording around 100 to 150 Covid-19 deaths per day. By August, the daily count had come down, but it has started rising again from September 1. Click here to read more.
As the spread of coronavirus disease continues unabated in the state, especially in rural areas, district collectors in Maharashtra are increasingly relying on ‘janata curfews’ to break the chain of transmission. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his reservations about short and local lockdowns being observed in several states, and asked them to evaluate their usefulness as well as the adverse impact they have on economic activities. Janata curfew calls by the administration are different from earlier orders of lockdowns as the former are “voluntary”, at least on paper. As local residents and traders are largely opposed to strict lockdowns that were being imposed and enforced by the administration, ‘voluntary’ janata curfews are proving to be a viable alternative.
With 416 deaths in a single day, the coronavirus fatality count in Maharashtra mounted to 34,761 on Friday, the state health department announced. The overall tally also zoomed past 13,00,757 with over 17,000 fresh cases registered during the same period. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.
The HC bench had insisted that the government should submit its response even if the matter was sought to be clubbed at the principal bench.
THE NAGPUR bench of the Bombay High Court has stayed Clause IV of the state government’s notification dated May 21 that stipulated rates for treatment of non-Covid patients at private hospitals.
The clause was challenged by a Nagpur doctor, Pradeep Arora, and the HC sought a response from the government as to under which power it issued the stipulation of Clause IV.
Additional Government Pleader A M Deshpande told the court that during the earlier hearing on September 23, the matter was sought to be clubbed with related issues before the principal bench in Mumbai.
The HC bench, however, had insisted that the government should submit its response even if the matter was sought to be clubbed at the principal bench.