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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra records over 21,000 new cases – The Indian Express

Health workers conduct Covid-19 test at a municipality dispensary in Nimoni Baug in Mumbai
(Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: Maharashtra reported 21,907 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the case tally to 11,88,015, PTI quoted a health department official as saying. The death toll in the state rose to 32,216, with 425 more fatalities, the official said.

As many as 8,57,933 patients have recovered so far, with 23,501 being discharged from hospitals on Saturday. There are 2,97,480 active cases of coronavirus at present.

Maharashtra’s recovery rate is 72.2 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.71 per cent, the official said. Out of the active cases, the highest 79,489 are in Pune district, followed by 30,639 in Mumbai.

Mumbai, meanwhile, reported 2,211 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the city’s case count to 1,82,077, PTI reported. The death toll increased to 8,422, with 50 more deaths, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The number of recoveries in the city increased to 1,42,769, pushing the recovery rate to 78.4 per cent. The number of active cases now stands at 30,512.

The number of sealed buildings where one or more people have tested positive for the virus is 9,968, while the number of containment zones in slums and chawls decreased to 572.

Mumbai’s average growth rate is 1.24 per cent, while the average doubling rate is 56 days, according to BMC.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has urged the Maharashtra government to extend the property tax waiver for six months, PTI reported.

The association also said the three-month waiver announced by the BMC should have been granted to all hotels as well as restaurants for a six-month period during which they were asked to remain shut.

Hotels and restaurants are facing major cash crunch and the pandemic crisis has brought the shutters down on many establishments and in such times, with the industry being on the verge of collapse, not just hotels but restaurants as well are hoping for complete waiver on taxes or levies for the duration of at least 12 months, it added.

On Saturday, the Railways said select 10 per cent employees of co-operative and private banks will be allowed to travel on Mumbai’s suburban trains, reported PTI.

Suburban train travel is currently restricted for the general public in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Employees of national banks are already allowed to travel by trains.

On the Maharashtra government’s request, 10 per cent of the total strength of co-operative and private banks will be permitted to travel by local trains, a joint release issued by the Central and Western Railways.

The railways have been operating special suburban services for people engaged in essential and emergency services since mid-June.

Meanwhile, a mob of 10 people ransacked a petrol pump and assaulted staff in Manickpur area of Palghar district over mask violations and efforts were on to nab them, PTI quoted police as saying.

Senior Inspector Rajendra Kamble of Manickpur police station said the incident happened on Friday evening after the pump attendants refused to give the accused fuel as they were not wearing masks.