Maharashtra, Mumbai Coronavirus, Weather Today Live Updates: As Covid-19 cases continue to surge, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday appealed to people to remain extra careful during festivals and rains in view of the pandemic. As many as 10,441 fresh cases were reported on Sunday, taking the tally to 6,82,383 while the death toll stood at 22,253.
At the inauguration of the first jumbo Covid facility for Pune at College of Engineering Pune (CoEP), the chief minister reiterated that the state government would not remain ignorant of the pandemic situation and be prepared to handle a “second wave” of the infection.
Following directives from the Union Home Ministry to remove restrictions on inter and intra-state movement of people and goods, the state government is likely to lift curbs on inter-district travel and discontinue the e-pass system. It has already allowed inter and intra-state movement of goods and services since May 31.
The Covid-19 tally in Thane reached 1,14,765 on Monday after 881 new cases were found in the Maharashtra district, officials said. The district also reported 28 more deaths due to Covid-19, taking the total number of fatalities to 3,268. So far, Kalyan town in the district has reported the highest number of 26,623 cases, followed by Thane city-24,459 and Navi Mumbai-23,321, an official release said. The Mira Bhayander civic limits have till now reported 11,596 cases while the remaining cases are from other parts of the district. Thane city has so far reported the highest number of 787 deaths, followed by Kalyan-556 and Navi Mumbai-542. For the last two days, no death has been reported from Bhiwandi and Badlapur townships, the release said.
Following directives from the Union Home Ministry to remove restrictions on inter and intra-state movement of people and goods, the Maharashtra government is likely to lift curbs on inter-district travel and discontinue the e-pass system. The state government has already allowed inter and intra-state movement of goods and services since May 31. Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, in a tweet, said the government has taken note of the recent guidelines announced by the Centre. “Appropriate decision will be taken regarding the same after discussion with Hon’ble CM & DCM,” he added. However, government sources said that the QR code system, which is similar to e-pass, will be retained for the Mumbai suburban local trains. “This issue has not been raised at the moment. So, it will remain as it is,” said a bureaucrat.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has introduced a pandemic management module in its curriculum in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The module – for first to fifth-year undergraduate students – will help them better understand an outbreak, as well as prepare for its management in community and newer treatment protocol. The Union government had set up a nine-member expert committee in July to draft the module. Members of the committee said that the government has realised there is a need to prepare future doctors to understand social, legal and medical implications of an outbreak.
The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, on Sunday used virtual reality (VR) to hold its 58th convocation amid the coronavirus outbreak. The programme, where the animated digital avatars of the institute’s senate members shared the stage and personalised avatars of students given away certificates, was telecast on DD Sahyadri and social media platforms. A statement released by the institute said: “The institute thought it best to arrange such a VR-convocation for the graduating students as we did not wish to put their health at risk but at the same time, we did not wish to deprive them of the sense of achievement and pride of passing out of India’s premier engineering Institute.” Personalised avatars of each graduate, it stated, received the degree certificate from the digital avatar of director Subhasis Chaudhuri, while all medal winners received their medals from the personalised avatar of the chief guest, Professor Duncan Haldane, co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics and a professor at Princeton University. The digital avatars of the institute’s senate members, who were seen sharing the stage, had been videographed individually and assembled digitally, the institute said.
A special audit of 17 private hospitals in Thane has found Covid-19 patients were overcharged to the tune of Rs 1.82 crore for treatment. Following this, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has directed all the hospitals to refund excess amount to the patients. Between July 10 and August 21, eight teams of auditors were appointed following a string of complaints received by the civic body regarding inflated bills. An auditor said the 17 hospitals submitted 4,106 bills of Covid-19 patients. Of them, 3,347 have been scrutinised and at least 1,362 bills were found inflated. “The total excess amount is Rs 1.82 crore,” the auditor added. Check out the names of the hospitals here.
A first trimester miscarriage in a Mumbai resident is being linked to the SARS-CoV-2 virus after tests found the infection had travelled into the umbilical cord, placenta and possibly caused inflammation in the foetus. “To our knowledge, this is the first case demonstrating persistence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a tissue weeks after clearance in the throat swabs… the virus not just survived in the tissue but is replicative in the placental cells,” stated a research paper submitted last week by the National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) – a research arm of the Indian Council of Medical Research – in collaboration with ESIS (Employees’ State Insurance Scheme) hospital at Kandivali.
Even as Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he wished that people remained healthy by following all precautions so that the new “jumbo” Covid-19 treatment facility would remain “unused”, he reiterated that the state government would not remain ignorant of the pandemic situation and be prepared to handle a “second wave” of the infection. Thackeray inaugurated the first jumbo Covid facility for Pune at College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) through videoconferencing. It has 800 beds, including 600 oxygen and 200 ICU beds. “Pune has its first jumbo facility set up within a short span of time. Also, one to two jumbo facilities would be inaugurated within a week,” he said. “It is being speculated that the vaccine will be ready by December, which means everyone has to continue to live in present conditions for the next four months,” he added.
As Covid-19 cases continue to surge, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday appealed to people to remain extra careful during festivals and rains in view of the pandemic. As many as 10,441 fresh cases were reported on Sunday, taking the tally to 6,82,383 while the death toll stood at 22,253. Follow our blog for all the latest updates.
Ganesh puja underway in Mumbai on Sunday. (Amit Chakraborty)
As many as 8,157 patients were discharged after recovery on Sunday, which took the number of recovered persons to 4,88,271 so far.
According to the official, there are 1,71,542 active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra at present.
In Mumbai, 991 new cases and 34 deaths were reported. The total number of cases in the city thus rose to 1,36,353 and death toll to 7,422. The number of active cases in Mumbai is 18,567, the official said.
Thane circle, which comprises Mumbai city, on Sunday reported 2,670 Covid-19 cases, which took the regions’s overall count to 3,09,008, where 12,219 people have died so far.
The case count in Pune division has reached 1,76,595, while the death toll has gone up to 4,714. Pune city reported 1,288 cases and 40 deaths on Sunday. The city’s infection tally is now 89,150 and death toll 2,329.
Nashik division’s cumulative tally is 78,464 and fatality count 1,968.