Mumbai: Maharashtra recorded 9,211 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the state’s COVID-19 tally to 4,00,651. Also, 298 people succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 in the state to 14,463 and the fatality rate to 3.61 per cent, as per the latest information shared by the state health department.
Here are some of the other COVID-19 and lockdown highlights of July 29 from Mumbai, Maharashtra and the rest of the country:
No night curfew, gyms, yoga institutes to open from August 5
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on July 29 issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside containment zones, as a part of Unlock 3.0, which will come into effect from August 1. The process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from states and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments, the government said.
Check out the guidelines here
Mumbai reports 1,118 fresh cases
Mumbai on Wednesday reported 1,118 new cases of coronavirus and with that, the case count of the Maximum City climbed to 1,11,964. Also, 60 patients succumbed to the virus taking the death toll to 6,244. On the contrary, as many as 85,327 patients have recovered till date and the number of active cases in the city is now pitched at 20,123.
Dharavi reports only 2 new cases
Only two more persons tested positive for coronavirus in the slum-clusters of Dharavi in the city, taking the figures to 2,545 on Wednesday. A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said that there are only 83 active cases in Dharavi while a total of 2,212 patients were discharged after recovery.
Mahim, Dadar report 25 cases each
Meanwhile, 25 more COVID-19 positive cases were reported from Mahim area, taking the total number of positive cases in the area to 1,657. A total of 1,357 have been discharged so far from Mahim. The nearby Dadar reported 25 new cases, taking the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the area to 1,689.
India’s COVID-19 fatality rate drops to 2.23 per cent, lowest since April 1
Coronavirus Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stands at 2.23 per cent that is lowest since April 1, said the Minister of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) on Wednesday while highlighting that the total number of recovered cases is fast approaching 1 million. “The Case Fatality Rate stands at 2.23% today and it is lowest since 1st April 2020,” read the release by MOHFW.
236 more Maharashtra Police personnel test positive for COVID-19
A total of 236 more Maharashtra police personnel tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total coronavirus cases in the state police department to 8,958, according to the Maharashtra police. In a press release, the Maharashtra Police said there are 1,898 active cases while 6,962 police personnel have recovered from the disease. One death reported was in the state police department in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 98.
Muslims begin downsized Haj amid pandemic
Mask-clad Muslims began the hajj on Wednesday, circling Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths in the smallest pilgrimage in modern history as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. But this year only up to 10,000 people already residing in the kingdom will participate in the ritual, a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world that attended last year.
Thane forms 14-member task force to study and tackle COVID-19 spread
The Thane collector’s office on Tuesday authorised a 14-member task force to oversee the Covid-19 response, given it remains one of the most infected districts in the country. According to the order passed by Rajesh Narvekar, the task force, consisting of medical experts, has been formed to monitor, study and effectively tackle the growing spread of the novel coronavirus in the district.
Maharashtra crosses 2 million Covid tests-mark
Maharashtra on Wednesday crossed the 2 million Covid-19 tests threshold mark, the highest in the country for any state, officials said, here. As per the official data, the state has conducted 20,21,437 tests — 10,21,063 in government laboratories and 10,00,374 in private labs. Of these, only 407,877 (20.18 per cent) turned positive. The state accounts for the highest 391,440 Covid-19 cases, including 144,694 active cases, 14,165 fatalities and 232,277 recoveries.
Five adorable posts to get you through your day
Many have found new things to do to get by quarantine. From becoming entrepreneurs to simply indulging in some much-needed rest, many have taken this time period as an opportunity. And of course, social media played an important role in it. Not only do these platforms host important information, but it has allowed people to remain connected and share a couple of laughs.
Here are five posts curated by us to make your day.