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Maharashtra Coronavirus LIVE updates: World Bank praises efforts to arrest COVID-19 spread in Mumbai’s Dharavi – The Indian Express

Prabhu Shisharnappa Banshette, 37, offers rides to citizens, including Covid-19 patients, wearing a PPE kit in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: The World Bank on Wednesday praised the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Mumbai’s Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, saying its success stemmed from a combination of “customised solutions”, community involvement and perseverance. Observing that effective approaches have tapped the skills and dedication of community members, the World Bank said that in Mumbai, city officials were able to stem the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Dharavi, one of the city’s largest urban settlements, by mobilising community members and staff from private medical clinics for a strategy based on mass screening for fever and oxygen levels.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally reached 14,65,911 on Tuesday with a single-day addition of 12,258 fresh cases, state health department said. With 370 deaths, the total toll went up to 38,717 in the state, it said. A total of 17,141 patients were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the cumulative tally of recoveries to 11,79,726, the department said, adding that the state is now left with 2,47,023 active cases. Mumbai added 1,625 new cases, taking its count to 2,17,113, while the death toll rose to 9,202 with 47 fatalities in the day. The state has so far conducted 72,41,376 tests.

Officials from departments of police and excise among others will monitor whether restaurants and bars in Maharashtra’s Pune district are following the guidelines issued by the state government while granting them permission to reopen with restricted capacity from October 5. Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao told reporters that flying squads will be formed to inspect eateries, restaurants and bars.

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A health worker takes a swab sample for Covid-19 testing in Mumbai on September 29, 2020. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Even as the industry welcomes reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility with lockdown continuing till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a staggered process over the month, the industry said. “The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month,” PTI quoted Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty as saying in a statement.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the state’s total fatality count went up to 38,347, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Sunday said that in Mumbai, state’s covid-19 hotspot, social distancing is difficult to follow due to overcrowding. “Now the frequency of local trains in Mumbai has increased and restaurants are opening. It is difficult to follow social distancing as the city is overcrowded. But people have to follow the norms and protect themselves from the virus as health is precious,” Tope said while reassuring that the state will do everything to provide health care facilities to Mumbai patients.