Maharashtra Coronavirus LIVE updates: Only 30% restaurants re-open; spike in unemployment

Prabhu Shisharnappa Banshette, 37, offers rides to citizens, including Covid-19 patients, wearing a PPE kit in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: A spike in Maharashtra’s unemployment rate in August is threatening the revival of the Covid-hit economy, a government report has said. According to a finance department report, the latest uptick in unemployment was due to imposition of micro lockdowns in several parts of the state, the loss of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and end of the kharif sowing season.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of 10,244 fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the total fatality count went up to 38,347 in the state, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week. Remaining 72 deaths were from the period before the last week. “In the process of updating figures as per the portal, all these deaths have been reported today,” the department said in a statement.

Even as the industry welcomes reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the biggest remains transportation and accommodation for staff, which is directly connected to safety protocols. Most restaurants that reopened on Monday have staff rooms close to their establishments. The BMC has allowed restaurants, cafes, dining halls and bars to reopen with 33 per cent occupancy, as opposed to the state government’s rule of 50 per cent. The civic body’s circular further said that if all the standard operating procedures (issued by the tourism department) are properly observed, then the capacity will automatically increase to 50 per cent from November 1.

The COVID-19 case count in Maharashtra’s Thane district rose to 1,82,776, after 1,277 more persons tested positive for the infection, a district official said on Tuesday. Apart from the latest cases detected on Monday, the district also recorded 27 casualties that took the toll to 4,616, the official said.

Currently, the recovery rate in the district stands at 88.35 per cent, while the morality rate is 2.53 per cent, he said. As many as 16,669 patients are undergoing treatment for the infection in the district, he added. Although Kalyan has recorded 44,064 COVID-19 cases so far, it has improved its recovery rate to 90.24 per cent and brought down the death rate to 1.94 per cent, the official said.

Of the latest cases, Navi Mumbai accounted for 366, followed by Thane with 284 and Kalyan with 279, he said.

At least 38,632 have so far been recorded in Thane civic limits, 44,064 in Kalyan, 38,468 in Navi Mumbai and 19,421 in Mira Bhayandar, the official said. A total of 1,029 casualties have been recorded in Thane so far, followed by 857 in Kalyan, 783 in Navi Mumbai and 598 in Mira Bhayandar, he added.

A spike in Maharashtra’s unemployment rate in August is threatening the revival of the Covid-hit economy, a government report has said. In a presentation made to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and senior ministers in a meeting on Monday, the state finance department claimed that the unemployment rate had climbed from 3.9 per cent in July to 6.2 per cent in August. According to a finance department report, the latest uptick in unemployment was due to imposition of micro lockdowns in several parts of the state, the loss of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and end of the kharif sowing season.

The Pune Railway Division will restart the Pune-Lonavala local service on a limited basis from October 12 for providers of “essential services”. Those who can avail of the service will be issued QR code-enabled passes by Pune Police, said Central Railway officials. “The timings of the service and frequency will be announced in a few days,” said Manoj Jhawar, PRO, Pune Division. According to the latest guidelines issued by the state government on September 30, operations of local trains in Pune region are now allowed in Pune region.

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 1,240 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total count to 2,95,251, a health official said on Monday. With 51 people succumbing to the infection, the toll mounted to 6,867, he said. A total of 917 patients were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours. “Of the 1,240 cases, 391 cases were reported from the limits of the Pune Municipal Corporation, which now has 1,49,790 patients. 443 new cases were reported from Pimpri Chinchwad, taking the tally to 80,923,” the official said, adding that the number of cases in rural, civil hospital and Pune cantonment board areas increased to 64,538.

Amravati district in Maharashtra reported 119 COVID-19 cases on Monday while the number of people who were discharged post recovery was 210, an official said. Five people died during the day and took the toll to 316. The caseload in the district is now 14,124, while the recovery rate is 83.30 per cent with 11,765 people having been discharged so far, he added. Amravati now has 2,043 active coronavirus positive cases, he said.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of 10,244 fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the total fatality count went up to 38,347 in the state, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week. Remaining 72 deaths were from the period before the last week. “In the process of updating figures as per the portal, all these deaths have been reported today,” the department said in a statement. Of the total deaths reported on Monday, 47 were from Mumbai, while Pune city and Kolhapur district (excluding Kolhapur city) saw 21 fatalities each.

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Even as the industry welcomes reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility with lockdown continuing till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a staggered process over the month, the industry said. “The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month,” PTI quoted Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty as saying in a statement.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the state’s total fatality count went up to 38,347, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Sunday said that in Mumbai, state’s covid-19 hotspot, social distancing is difficult to follow due to overcrowding. “Now the frequency of local trains in Mumbai has increased and restaurants are opening. It is difficult to follow social distancing as the city is overcrowded. But people have to follow the norms and protect themselves from the virus as health is precious,” Tope said while reassuring that the state will do everything to provide health care facilities to Mumbai patients.