Mumbai:Maharashtra reported 18,317 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, and with that, the tally has now climbed to 13,84,446. Also, 481 people succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll due to 36,662.
The number of active cases is now pitched at 2,59,033 as per the latest information shared by the state health department.
Here are some of the other COVID-19 and lockdown highlights of September 30 from Mumbai, Maharashtra and rest of the country:
Mumbai reports 2,654 cases
Mumbai on Wednesday reported 2,654 new cases of coronavirus and with that, the case count of the financial capital climbed to 2,05,142. Also, 46 patients succumbed to the virus taking the death toll to 8,926. On the contrary, as many as 1,69,268 patients have recovered till date and the number of active cases in the city is now pitched at 26,540.
Maharashtra: Hotels to reopen, trains within state to resume
The Maharashtra Government on Wednesday extended coronavirus-induced lockdown till October 31 but also said that hotels, restaurants and bars will be allowed to operate from October 5 with restricted capacity. All the trains originating and ending the journey within the state will resume with immediate effect, subject to health protocols for COVID-19, the latest guidelines said. Hotels, food courts, restaurants and bars can operate from October 5 with the capacity not exceeding 50 per cent or as prescribed by local authorities. All industrial and manufacturing units producing non- essential items will be allowed to operate in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The Railways will increase the frequency of local trains in the MMR. Local trains in Pune region will restart with protocols and procedures adopted in the MMR. Dabbawallahs of tiffin carriers in MMR will be allowed to travel by local trains after procuring QR code passes from the Mumbai police commissioner’s office.
Mahim witnesses surge in COVID-19 cases
The G/North Ward, which includes Dharavi, Mahim and Dadar, has crossed the 10,000-mark registering 110 new cases today. The total cases in the ward have reached 10,028. So far, the ward has 1,140 active cases and has registered 8,363 recoveries, as per information provided by a senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. On the other hand, Mahim witnessed an increase in coronavirus cases on Wednesday with 50 fresh cases, taking the total tally to 3,245. Currently, 420 active cases have been registered in Mahim while there have been 2,711 recoveries so far.
Active cases climb to 533 in Dadar
In Dadar, 49 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, taking the total figures to 3,607. There are 533 active cases in Dadar and 2,952 patients have been cured and discharged so far. The tally of COVID-19 cases in Dharavi climbed to 3,176 with 11 more COVID-19 cases today. On the other hand, 2,700 patients have been cured/ discharged in Dharavi and there are currently 187 active cases in the area.
Thane Municipal Corporation brings in police to ensure people wear masks in public
The Thane Municipal Corporation on Wednesday decided to rope in police force to ensure strict implementation of the mask rule in public places amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an official circular, TMC mayor Naresh Mhaske said that the civic body has decided to take the help of police to collect fines from citizens who are spotted without a mask in public. Of the fines that will be collected, 50 per cent will be deposited with the civic body, whereas the remaining will be credited to the police welfare fund.
Maharashtra government issues guidelines for Navratri, Dussehra amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government has urged people to celebrate the upcoming Navratri and Dussehra festivals in a low-key manner due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping up with its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the state government has announced that there will be no garba, dandiya or any cultural events involving mass participation this year. Instead, it suggested organising health and blood donation camps during the festival. The nine-day long festival will start from October 17.
Read the guidelines here
Mumbai local services to resume for all from October 15?
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Mumbai Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray said that the state government is seriously thinking of starting local train services for all. According to Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Aaditya said that the government plans to resume local train services from October 15, while speaking to a television news channel. Meanwhile, Aaditya also said the resumption of suburban train services for common citizens is being considered as part of Uddhav Thackeray-led government’s efforts to bring the state’s economy back on track.
SC declines to postpone UPSC preliminary exam scheduled for October 4
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday declined to postpone the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination scheduled for October 4. A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar asked the Centre to consider granting one more chance to those aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt for the exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bench while refusing to postpone the exam also declined to consider the request to club UPSC civil services exam of 2020 with 2021 exams and said that “this will have a cascading effect on other examinations.”
Fake N95 masks have flooded the market
With the state government failing to fix the prices of N95 masks even two months after the announcement, fake N95 masks are flooding the market. Since retail prices of genuine N95 masks have skyrocketed to anywhere between Rs 150 to Rs 200 per piece, many local manufacturers are producing fake N95 masks and branding them with logos and names of top N95 mask manufacturers like the Taloja-based Venus Safety and Health.
Five adorable posts to add a tinge of joy to your day
While the world is blanketed by quarantine, it’s alright to feel the mid-week blues. Many have taken this as an opportunity to get creative or indulge in some much-needed rest. As we inch closer to the weekend, how about you sit back and take a scroll through social media for some heartwarming moments. Social media has become a haven for memes, art and cute animal videos.
Here are five posts curated by us from the internet to add a tinge of joy to your day.