Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus Live Updates: State contributes to almost 40% of India’s death count

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: Maharashtra recorded 413 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday – its highest ever in a single day – taking its overall toll to 19,063. The state contributes to almost 40 per cent of the country’s death count. Till now, Maharashtra has reported 5.6 lakh cases and a death rate of 3.4 per cent. In all, 3.9 lakh patients have recovered.

In just 13 days of August, 4,069 people have succumbed to the coronavirus pandemic, 58 per cent of what it had recorded in July and 74 per cent in June.

Mumbai recorded 48 deaths on Thursday, taking the city’s toll to 6,991. A month ago, Mumbai accounted for 25 to 30 per cent of the daily deaths reported across the state. Its share has now shrunk further to 11 per cent in daily deaths.

Till Thursday afternoon, Pune recorded 1.15 lakh cases and 2,619 deaths. In rural areas, there are 254 deaths and cases touching 10,000. The ZP administration has issued a second advertisement to recruit 1,124 healthcare workers.

Ahead of the 10-day Ganesh festival beginning on August 22, private hospitals are appealing to staff nurses and healthcare staff not to take leave as ICU and isolation wards continue to remain full with Covid-19 patients.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Serum Institute of India (SII) will conduct a virtual meeting with principal investigators of 17 trial sites across the country on Friday, to discuss how to go ahead with the Covishield vaccine trial.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday termed the decisions of the Maharashtra and Delhi governments to cancel final exams as “void ab initio”The UGC said this in reply to affidavits filed by the two governments in the Supreme Court, where petitions challenging the UGC’s direction to universities/institutions to hold the final exams by September-end are pending.

UGC said Delhi “has unilaterally chosen to cancel the final year / terminal semester examinations and graduate students using ‘alternative assessment measures’ in contravention of the UGC’s Guidelines…”. The decision “encroaches on the legislative field of coordinating and determining the standards of higher education that is exclusively reserved for Parliament…”, the affidavit added.

Hyderabad-headquartered Biological E (BE) on Thursday announced agreements to aid in manufacturing two Covid-19 vaccine candidates–one developed by drug giant Johnson and Johnson’s arm and the other by Houson-based academic institution Baylor College of Medicine. If the candidates are successful, the firm may be able to rapidly scale up production of at least one of these candidates to make “several hundred million” doses.

The development may put BE right behind Pune-headquartered Serum Institute of India as a potential global supplier of Covid-19 vaccines. The firm is the second to announce a manufacturing agreement with a large global drugmaker in the ongoing race to find a shot against the contagious virus.

Biological E manufacturing unit. (Source: biologicale.com)

Hyderabad-based Biological E has entered into two agreements for development of novel Coronavirus vaccines, one with drug giant Johnson & Johnson, and the other with Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine.

Biological E is the second major pharmaceutical player in India to announce agreements with vaccine developers for the manufacture of these candidate vaccines. It could facilitate the deployment of these vaccines in India after they are approved for use. Earlier, Pune-based Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, has entered into similar agreements with AstraZeneca, which is developing a vaccine with Oxford University, and with US-based Novavax. The candidate vaccines of AstraZeneca and Novavax are both in phase-3 human trials.

Rana’s health deteriorated on Thursday after she developed breathing problem, she is being rushed to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai by road, a journey which will take 12 to 15 hours, on advice of doctors attending her. The Member of Parliament tested positive for coronavirus along with her MLA-husband Ravi Rana on August 6, they said. After initial treatment in Amravati, she was admitted to Nagpur’s Wockhardt Hospital. Besides the politician-couple, more than half a dozen members of their family have also tested positive for COVID-19. (PTI)

Amravati Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana, who was admitted in Wockhardt Hospital here two days ago after testing positive for coronavirus, is being shifted to Mumbai for further treatment, the hospital and her family said on Thursday evening. When contacted, Wockhardt Hospital PRO K Sujatha told PTI that the independent MP was admitted to the private medical facility in Nagpur on August 11 after she tested positive for coronavirus in her hometown Amravati. However, she was discharged this evening and is being shifted to Mumbai for further treatment, Sujatha said.

Health workers check for Covid symptoms at a salon in Mumbai on Thursday. (Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra recorded 413 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday – its highest ever in a single day – taking its overall toll to 19,063. The state contributes to almost 40 per cent of the country’s death count.

In just 13 days of August, Maharashtra has recorded 4,069 deaths due to coronavirus, 58 per cent of what it had recorded in July and 74 per cent in June.

Mumbai recorded 48 deaths on Thursday, taking the city’s toll to 6,991. A month ago, Mumbai accounted for 25 to 30 per cent of the daily deaths reported across the state. Its share has now shrunk further to 11 per cent in daily deaths.

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune coronavirus Live updates:

Maharashtra officials said of the 413 deaths reported on Thursday, while 288 people had died in the last 48 hours, 74 had succumbed in the last one week and 51 prior to that. Of the 413 deaths, Pune recorded 48, followed by Kolhapur city and rural (36), Pune rural (25), Thane city and rural (21), Satara (20), Pimpri-Chinchwad (19), Kalyan-Dombivali (13), Jalgaon and Nagpur (12) and Vasai-Virar (10).

At least 11,813 new cases were recorded in the state on Thursday, of them 1,200 are from Mumbai and 1,148 from Pune city.

Meanwhile, with the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to super-specialty courses scheduled for September 15, recruiting specialist doctors, even on a contract basis for Covid care, has become a challenge. For instance, only six specialists sent in online applications as against 204 posts advertised by Pune Zilla Parishad.

The Maharashtra government Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it cannot allow Jain temples in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune to open for Paryushan from August 15 to 23. “If temples are allowed to open, there is an imminent danger of coronavirus that may result in loss of life,” the state government said.

The state’s response came after the high court Tuesday directed it to consider representations from the Jain community seeking permission to visit Jain temples during the eight-day Paryushan festival and submit its decision to the court by August 13.

On Thursday, a Division Bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Madhav Jamdar was hearing two petitions filed by Ankit Vora and Shree Trustee Atma Kamal Labdhisurishwarji Jain Gyanmandir Trust. The petitioners sought a direction to the state government to allow the members of the community to visit Jain temples to perform prayers, more particularly during Paryushan.