News on COVID 19 – 05.06.2020

Total Global cases : 6370156 | Total Cured: 2749769 | Death: 334459

Total cases in India : 226770 | Cured : 109461 | Death : 6348

1. Highest single-day Spike in state toll

Mumbai, which reported 1,439 new cases, now has 44,931 infected with 1,465 deaths. There are 41,393 active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, with 25,364 in Mumbai alone.

Maharashtra on Thursday registered 2,933 new cases, taking its total Covid-19 count to 77,793. The state also registered 123 deaths — the highest so far in a day, taking the total toll to 2,710.

Mumbai, which reported 1,439 new cases, now has 44,931 infected with 1,465 deaths. There are 41,393 active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, with 25,364 in Mumbai alone.

2.    Ashok Chavan recovers, discharged from hospital

After testing positive while in Nanded on May 24, Ashok Chavan was shifted to the Mumbai hospital the next day. His condition was stable throughout his hospital stay.

Public Works Department Minister Ashok Chavan was discharged on Thursday from the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai where he was recovering after testing positive for Covid-19.

Chavan shared a 10-second video conveying the news of his discharge. He has been advised to stay at home for the next few days.

3.    227 out of 58,867 passengers on Vande Bharat flights tested positive: Centre to Bombay HC

Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, representing DGCA, had on Tuesday said the special flights had followed all safety and social distancing norms to prevent Covid-19 spread.

The centre on Thursday submitted before the Bombay High Court that only 227 passengers out of the 58,867 Indians, who boarded special flights under Vande Bharat Mission, tested positive for Covid-19, which is 0.38 per cent of the total passengers. The Centre also said that as these cases were revealed during the institutional quarantine period, there was no proof to corroborate whether they had contracted coronavirus on the flight.

The state-wise details were submitted after the HC on Tuesday had asked Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India to provide data of Indians who were not infected while they boarded special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission but tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in India.

4.    HC seeks state, BMC response on disposal of Covid-19 patients’ bodies

In his plea, the BJP MLA sought a direction to the government and civic body to immediately stop the practice of keeping bodies of Covid-19 patients in wards where people are being treated for the infection.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the state government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to respond with details about how bodies of deceased Covid-19 patients were handled and disposed.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice A A Sayed was hearing a plea filed by BJP MLA Ashish Shelar raising concerns about the manner in which bodies of deceased Covid-19 patients were handled at the civic-run Sion hospital.

The bench raised concerns over the disposal of COVID-19 Patients body. (File)

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the state government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to respond with details about how bodies of deceased Covid-19 patients were handled and disposed.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice A A Sayed was hearing a plea filed by BJP MLA Ashish Shelar raising concerns about the manner in which bodies of deceased Covid-19 patients were handled at the civic-run Sion hospital.

5. Cases multiply worldwide at fastest pace so far

THE CORONA VIRUS pandemic is ebbing in some of the countries that were hit hard early on, but the number of new cases is growing faster than ever world-wide, with more than 100,000 reported each day.

Twice as many countries have reported arise in new cases over the past two weeks as have reported declines, according to a New York Times database. On May 30, more new cases were reported in a single day world-wide than ever before: 134,064. The increase has been driven by emerging hot spots in Latin America, Afriaca, Asia and the Middle East

News on COVID 19 – 04.06.2020

Total Global cases : 6251848 | Total Cured: 2702464 | Death: 379538

Total cases in India : 216919 | Cured : 104107 | Death : 6075

At least 500 doctors infected in state, says IMA

With Mumbai hospitals already running to their full capacity, in other districts, private hospitals have started reserving beds for doctors to provide them exclusive treatment facility if they contract Covid-19.

At least 500 doctors have been infected with Covid-19 across Maharashtra, data gathered by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has revealed. Officials said the actual count may be higher, since they only managed to keep a tab on cases reported by IMA members in Maharashtra.

The most infected are the resident doctors working in government hospitals. In Mumbai, while Sion hospital has 70 infected resident doctors, KEM hospital has 40 and Nair hospital has 35, according to the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors.

Maharashtra: State sets up panel, begins negotiations with private labs to reduce cost of Covid tests

A June 2 order of the Public Health Department, issued for the panel’s appointment, states that “the state government wants to bring down the (Covid-19) testing costs as much as possible for utilising the facilities to the optimum and conducting many more tests.”

The Maharashtra government has set up a four-member panel to negotiate with private testing laboratories in the state to reduce the cost of Covid-19 tests.

The panel, headed by Dr Sudhakar Shinde, the chief executive officer of State Health Assurance Society, has been asked to ensure a substantial reduction in the cost of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, which is the most commonly used diagnostic test for detecting coronavirus in a person

49-yr-old cop dies of Covid, toll in city climbs to 19

A 49-year-old constable of Mumbai Police succumbed to Covid-19, taking the death toll of police personnel in the city to 19. So far, more than 1,500 police personnel have tested positive – of which 533 have recovered – and 1,758 have been asked to observe home quarantine.

Officials said that the constable, identified as Pramod Shelar, died on Tuesday. They added that he was diagnosed with cancer in July last year, and since then, had been admitted in a private hospital in south Mumbai.

Maharashtra: State records 122 deaths, toll climbs to 2,587

There are a total of 82 laboratories functional in the state for Covid-19 diagnosis – 46 are government-run while 36 are private. Out of 4,97,276 lab samples, 74,860 have tested positive to date.

WITH 122 deaths on Wednesday, Maharashtra’s toll due to Covid-19 rose to 2,587, while an addition of 2,560 new cases took the total number of positive cases to 74,860. Mumbai, with 1,276 new cases, touched a total of 43,492 positive cases. There are 39,935 active Covid-19 cases in the state, of which 24,597 are from Mumbai alone.

Out of the 122 deaths reported on the day, 49 took place in Mumbai, 19 in Pune, 16 in Aurangabad MC, 10 in Solapur, four in Dhule, three each in Ulhasnagar and Navi Mumbai, two each in Thane, Jalgaon, Kolhapur and Akola, one each in Ahmednagar, Nandurbar, Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar, Bhivandi, Jalna and Osmanabad. Three patients who died were from outside the state, including one each from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

Germany to lift travel warning to most European countries from June 15

Germany introduced an unprecedented warning against all foreign travel in mid-March. But with new infections sharply down, the government is looking for ways to restart the economy.

“We have decided today that the travel warning for the named circle of countries will not be continued but replaced by travel advice,” Maas said, referring to EU nations, other Schengen countries and Britain.

The individual advice will be for a total of 31 nations, “provided that there are no longer any entry bans or large-scale lockdowns in the respective countries”, he said.

News on COVID 19 – 02.06.2020

Total Global cases : 6012421 | Total Cured: 2524158 | Death: 368690

Total cases in India : 198706 | Cured : 95527 | Death : 5598

1. Most-watched antiviral remdesivir cleared for use in ‘severe’ Covid cases

INDIA’S TOP drug regulatory body on Monday approved the use of the antiviral medication remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in

adults and children hospitalised “with severe disease”,The Indian Express has learnt. Remdesivir is one of the most closely watched drugs in the global clinical trials to find a cure for Covid-19. The injectable medicine was approved by Drugs Controller General of India Dr. VG Somani for administration as part of a maximum five-day regimen, sources said.

2. Cop starts free ambulance service in Cuffe Parade

Over the last six days, a police constable posted at Cuffe Parade police station has been helping sick people reach hospitals in a friend’s Omni van repurposed as an ambulance.

Wearing a transparent raincoat, gloves and a face shield – as he is unable to afford a PPE kit – Tejas Sonawane started this free of cost service on Wednesday. So far, he has helped six patients, including a senior citizen and a pregnant woman, reach hospital.

 3. Cases go past 70,000-mark in Maharashtra

The number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed 70,000 on Monday with 2,361 fresh cases while Mumbai surpassed the 41,000 mark with 1,413 new cases. Across the state, over 30,000 patients have recovered and been discharged so far. The recovery rate has improved from 12.9 per cent in March-end to 16.8 per cent in April-end, and 43 per cent by June 1.

While the recovery rate has improved, the death rate stands at 3.37 per cent in the state. There were 76 deaths reported in the state on Monday taking the toll to 2,362. Mumbai recorded 40 deaths taking the city’s toll to 1,319.

4. India’s Covid-19 tally at 198,706 after 8,171 new cases in 24 hours

India’s tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) jumped to 198,706 after 8,171 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, Union health ministry data showed on Tuesday.

India’s Covid-19 tally was just a little over 37,000 a month ago and has jumped more than five times. The number of deaths has also climbed—1,218 people were reported dead on May 2.

The death toll due to the respiratory disease stood at 5,598 after 204 fatalities were reported between Monday and Tuesday morning, according to the health ministry data.

According to the ministry data, 95,526 people have been cured putting the recovery rate at 48.07% from 48.18% on Monday.

Total Global cases: 5939332 | Total Cured: 2481688 | Death: 366386

Total cases in India : 190535 | Cured : 91819 | Death : 5395

8,392 Coronavirus Cases In India In 24 Hours, Biggest Jump So Far

The nationwide tally of coronavirus cases has crossed 1.9 lakh after a record single-day jump of 8,392 people testing positive for the highly contagious virus infection in the last 24 hours. The total cases in the country stood at 1,90,535 including 5,394 deaths, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. India has climbed to seventh from the ninth spot in the list of 10 nations worst hit by the pandemic, with more cases than that of France.

This is the second straight day that the number of coronavirus cases in India crossed the 8,000-mark in a single day. State governments on Sunday came out with varied ‘Unlock 1” guidelines including on allowing inter-state travel even as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana extended the lockdown till June 30 with several relaxations, a day after the centre eased the 68-day shutdown curbs significantly with an economic focus.

Shops, offices to open outside containment zones in Maharashtra, film shoots to start

The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced the launch of ‘Mission Begin Again’ from June 3, a three-phase removal of restrictions and introducing relaxations to the now 11-week lockdown, even as it extended the lockdown itself until June 30. The plan does not apply to containment zones.

Activities allowed in the first phase are individual outdoor physical exercise like walking, running and jogging, but strictly in the neighbourhood. The guidelines emphasise cycling as a preferred exercise, as it ensures the practice of social distancing. Moreover, government and private offices are to function with 15 per cent and 10 per cent of their existing staff strength, respectively.

Coronavirus outbreak: 2,487 fresh cases, 89 deaths in Maharashtra

Until a fortnight ago, Maharashtra was contributing to 33.5 per cent of India’s Covid-19 burden. On Sunday, the share rose to 35.7 per cent, data from state revealed. The overall toll has also more than doubled in the last 15 days. Maharashtra on Sunday reported 2,487 fresh cases and 89 deaths, taking its overall count of the infected to 67,655 and toll to 2,286.

Until a fortnight ago, Maharashtra was contributing to 33.5 per cent of India’s Covid-19 burden. On Sunday, the share rose to 35.7 per cent, data from state revealed. The overall toll has also more than doubled in the last 15 days.


COVID 19 News updates – 30.05.2020

Total global cases 5721443 Global Deaths 359795 Total cases in India 173763 Total deaths 4971

1. In Maharashtra, recovery rate jumps to 43.3%, surpasses national average

IN JUST a day, Maharashtra’s recovery rate jumped from 31.2 per cent to 43.3 per cent, sur-

passing India’s national average of 42.8 per cent. On Friday, official data for the day released by Maharashtra government showed that 8,381 people, of them 7,358 from Mumbai alone, had been discharged from dedicated Covid hospitals or Covid Care Centres, or had complete their 14-day home quarantine.

The total count of recovery Stands at 26,997 in the state. Until Thursday, Maharashtra was discharging around 1,000 cases everyday, but it grew eight-fold on Friday to 8,381. Officials explained that the sudden 12 percentage point hike in recovery rate was due to district officials completing the herculean task of checking which patients in their region had recovered over the last few days and updating their data base. Until Thursday, the total number of discharged/recovered patients was 8,650 in Mumbai, while on Friday, that number doubled to 16,008.

2. BMC class III & IV staffers upset: ‘Not being tested, not being treated’

WE ARE treated as if we are not humans, why should we work for such a system,”saysa33-year-old cleaner and mortuary worker in Kasturba hospital as he piles his entire home’s belongings into boxes in a tempo on Wednesday.

After his entire family tested positive, he borrowed money to move from his cramped BMC

staff quarters in Wadala and rent a bigger house outside Mumbai to ensure his family can maintain physical distancing until the pandemic ends. BMC’s class III and IV workers have been toiling behind the Scenes during the pandemic, lifting and sealing bodies and cleaning isolation wards, and are among the frontline workers in the city’s battle to contain Covid-19. In the last two weeks, they have held at least two protests, one in KEM and the other at Kasturba hospital.Their demands are basic: test and treat us

3. Hours after being discharged from Covid Care Centre, Mumbai cop dies

A MUMBAI Police constable passed away early Friday, merely hours after being discharged from a Covid Care Centre (CCC) in Worli. The deceased, 53-year-old Deepak Hate,who was posted at Bandra police station, had been processing the return of stranded migrant workers in the locality when he tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month. Along with his three colleagues, he was shifted to a CCC at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI Dome), a facility for asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

4. Bengal minister, wife test Covid positive, in home isolation

WEST BENGAL Fire Services minister Sujit Bose has tested positive for the coronavirus,the

first member of the Mamata Banerjee cabinet to get infected with the virus. His wife too has tested positive, and as both have mild symptoms, they are in isolation in their house.

A domestic help at Bose’s residence was diagnosed with the disease, according to a PTI report, following which samples of Bose and his family members were sent for examination.

5. Lockdown 5.0 may be relaxed further: States to decide on malls, restaurants

THE NEXT phase of lockdown, to kickstart from Monday,is likely to prune the list of prohibited activities further and allow states to decide on opening of malls and multiplexes, places of worship, and dine-in restaurants, The Indian Express has learnt.

The government may also consider relaxing night curfew hours based on suggestions from health experts. “It (decision to impose curfew from 7pm to 7am)is not exactly based on technical considerations of health. There is no harm if it is extended atleast to 9pm,” said an official. However, based on suggestions from various states, strict curbs are likely to continue in containment zones, and “there will also be some restrictions in 13 key cities where the concentration of Covid-19 cases is very high”, an official said. The new guidelines would include relaxations on visiting places of worship but “no religious event or gathering will be allowed”, the official said.

UK eases lockdown, Boris says groups of six can meet outdoors

UP TO six people from different households will be allowed to meet outdoors next week as part of another modest easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday, Johnson, who has faced days of scorn for keeping his top aide Dominic Cummings in post following his controversial travels

during the lockdown, said families and friends in groups of up to six can meet from Monday in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

COVID 19 News updates – 28.05.2020

Total global cases 5494212 Global Deaths 350784 Total cases in India 158333 Total deaths 4531

1. In highest 24-hour spike, Delhi records 792 cases

THE HIGHEST single-day jump in Covid cases was recorded in Delhi on Wednesday, with 792 cases being reported. So far,15,257people have contracted the disease. Of these, 7,264 have recovered. The death toll reached 303 as 15

More deaths were updated by the state health department after examining death summaries shared by hospitals. About 34% of the cases have come up in the capital after relaxations in Lockdown 4.0 were announced. There were 10,054 casesand160deathsonMay18, which grew to 15,257 cases and 303 deaths on Wednesday.

2. 1,529 frontline BMC workers infected, 25 dead

OVER 1,500 frontline Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)workers are infected with Covid-19 and 25 have succumbed to the virus so far, Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has said. This is the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak that the civic administration has officially come out with the number of BMC frontline workers who have either been infected or have died.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Chahal added, “Despite large number of frontline civic staffers getting infected, Iam proud to say that they are working tirelessly in such an adverse situation.”

3. SC to Govt: Why can’t pvt hospitals provide free Covid treatment

THE SUPREME Court Wednesday sought to know “why can’t private hospitals, given land free of cost, treat Covid-19 patients for free”. Seeking a reply from the Centre on a PIL which sought “cost-related regulations for treatment of Covid-19 patients at private/ corporate hospitals”, the bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy asked it to identify hospitals which could treat these patients free or at very nominal cost.

4. Rs 3-16 lakh: in Covid bills, drug cost, PPE are main unknowns

AS A share, the number of Covid Patients needing treatment may still be low but the concern is a growing one — paying private hospital bills amid looming economic distress and uncertainty over course of treatment.

As of last week, less than 15 percent of active Covid cases required hospitalisation. Of those in hospital, just 2.25 per cent needed admission in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU); 1.91 per cent required oxygen, and just 0.004percent required ventilatory support.

5. Places of worship to Reopen soon

Johannesburg: Places of worship and other religious institutions in South Africa will reopen with Strict restrictions from June 1 when the country enters the level 3 of the COVID-19regulations President Cyril Ramaphosa has said, acknowledging that their closure has “worsened” the distress of communities during the pandemic. South Africa has been under a nationwide lock-down since March27. The president had last month announced a five-phase plan to gradually ease the lockdown imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

6. After biggest jump in 50 days, S Korea may reimpose curbs

SOUTH KOREA has reported 40 new coronavirus cases for its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm in a country where millions of children are returning to school. Figures from the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday brought national totals to11,265 cases and 269 deaths.

7. France, Italy, Belgium decide to stop usage of HCQ for Covid-19

FRANCE, ITALY and Belgium acted to halt the use of hydroxy-chloroquine to treat patients suffering fromCOVID-19,the illness caused by the new coronavirus, amid questions about the safety of the generic anti-malaria drug. France on Wednesday cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to dispense the medicine, while the Italian Medicine Agency(AIFA) suspended authorisation to use hydroxychloroquine forCOVID-19outsideclinical trials.

8. Spain begins10 days of national mourning

TEN DAYS of national mourning for the victims of the coronavirus began on Wednesday in Spain, the longest official mourning period in the country’s modern history.

The government and the royal family led a nationwide minute of silence at noon, and flags were lowered to half-staff on all public buildings. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the Moment was a time for the country to show its collective sorrow and to honour the tens of thousands who died from the virus.

COVID 19 News updates – 27.05.2020

Total global cases 5401161 Global Deaths 346139 Total cases in India 151767 Total deaths 3447

1. Social distancing To be extended until June 29

Berlin: Germany plans to extend social distancing until June 29, newspaper Bild cited a draft document that still needs to be approved by the federal states as saying. Asked about the report, a spokesman for the German government said talks were ongoing. Bild said meetings in public places would be limited to a maximum of 10 people or members of two households. It said there would be no limits on the number of visitors allowed to visit people in their own homes but they must ensure that there is enough space for everyone to keep their distance.

2. Sweden steadfast in strategy as Virus toll Continues to rise

Stockholm: Sweden’s government defended its response to the Covid-19 global pandemic on Tuesday despite the Scandinavian country now reporting one of the highest mortality rates in the world with 4,125 fatalities, or about 40 Deaths per 100,000 people. “Transmission is slowing down, the treatment of Covid-19 patients in intensive care is decreasing significantly, and the rising death toll curve has been flattened,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde said.

 3. At 97, the highest single-day toll in state; Mumbai to get lakh beds by mid-June

MAHARASHTRA REPORTED 97 deaths due to Covid-19 on Tuesday–the highest single-day toll so far since the state registered its first death on March 17. The previous highest toll was recorded on May 19, when 76 people had succumbed to the infection.

The day also witnessed 2,091 new infections being reported, taking the total number of cases in Maharashtra to 54,578. Across the state, 1,792 people have died so far. Mumbai has reported 32,974 cases and 1,065 deaths. Officials said of the 97 deaths, 35 people had died in the last two days, while 62 died between April 17 and May 23. All the deaths were verified on Tuesday. While 39 died in Mumbai,15 died in Thane,10 in Kalyan-Dombivali, eight in Pune, seven in Solapur, five each in Aurangabad and Mira-Bhayandar, three each in Malegaon and Ulhasnagar and one each in Nagpur and Ratnagiri.

4. BMC ties up with app-based cab service to track ambulances

IN A bid to reduce the response time taken by ambulances to reach Covid-19 patients and others in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has tied up With an international app-based cab service to track the movement of 456 ambulances in real-time and dispatch them quickly where needed. The operator of the app-based cabs has provided BMC with its software, through which the location of the ambulances spread across the city will be available in the civic body’s COVID war room. Municipal Commissioner is Chahal, at a Joint press conference with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta and Health Secretary Dr. Pradeep Vyas made the announcement on Tuesday. “456 ambulances have been deployed in the city. We will use the software to monitor the location of ambulances and divert the nearest ones to attend to patients,” said Chahal.

5. Complete lockdown in Mumbra from today

THE THANE Municipal Corporation (TMC)on Tuesday ordered a complete lockdown of Mumbra from May 27, allowing only milk and medical shops to remain open. The area has reported 298 Covid-19 cases so far.

“There has been a substantial increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbra. In spite of the lockdown, people are crowding at shops and vegetable markets. Social distancing norms are not being followed…,” the circular issued by TMC said.

COVID 19 News updates – 22.05.2020

1. Total Global cases 5101205 Total Global deaths 332903. Total cases in India 118447 total deaths 3583

2.  2,345 new cases; 1,408 discharged – highest in a day

MAHARASHTRA RECORDED 2,345 new Covid-19 cases with 64 deaths on Thursday. With this, the state has recorded 41,642 cases and 1,454 deaths so far. At 1,408, it also discharged the highest number of patients on Thursday, taking the count of total recoveries to 11,726. Although the recovery rate is slower than the rest of India, Maharashtra is discharging around 800 to 1,000 patients every day.

Mumbai, meanwhile, reported 1,382 new cases on Thursday, taking its overall count to 25,500. It also recorded 41 deaths, with its total toll reaching 882.

3. ‘Dharavi fast becoming city’s Covid capital’: Awhad writes to CM for redevelopment push

AMID THE Covid-19 pandemic, the much-delayed re-development plan of Dharavi is back in focus. Contending that the public health crisis hasled to the building up of a negative perception about Dharavi, Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, asking him to issue Order store develop the slum urgently. School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, also the Dharavi MLA, too, is pushing for the redevelopment.

Spread over 2.4 sq km, Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, is home to some 60,000 families and 8.5 lakh people. It has so far reported 1,353 cases and 56 deaths.

4. 22,980 homes built by state agencies to be used as quarantine centres

HOUSING AGENCIES like the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) have handed over 22,980 unoccupied homes to the state government to use them as quarantine centres.

The homes were constructed for project-affected persons (PAPs), mill workers and under the rental housing scheme. BG Pawar, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, said the MMRDA On Thursday handed over 13,000 homes to various municipal corporations to convert them into Covid-19 centres

5. Over a month, Covid hits more districts, most in Bihar and UP

An analysis by The Indian Express of the key changes shows:

■ Of the roughly 300 districts with no cases on April 22, more than half (174) now have atleast one case with an average of 23 cases in each district. This means only one in six districts may now be Covid-free.

■ Of all greenzone districts with no cases on April 22, districts in Eastern India, which happen to be the key destinations for a substantial section of migrant workers now make up the largest chunk reporting atleast one case since April 22.

■ For example, 23 zero-case districts in Bihar on April 22 have reported atleast one case. The number for the other states: UP (20 districts), MP (19), Odisha (13), Jharkhand(12) and Chhattisgarh (9).

■ Unlike heavy case-load states, the spreading these migrant native states are not concentrated in a few districts but spread across a larger number of districts.

COVID 19 News updates – 21.05.2020

1. Total Global cases 4847561 Total Global deaths 324330. Total cases in India 112359 total deaths 3435

2. 2,250 new cases, 65 deaths as toll touches 1,390

MAHARASHTRA RECORDED 2,250 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the overall toll to 39,297. The state has recorded 20,000 cases in the last 12days. In contrast, it had taken 58 days to record the first 20,000 infections.

The day also saw 65 deaths, taking the total number of fatalities in the state to 1,390. As many as 41 people died in Mumbai, 13 in Pune, three in Navi Mumbai as well as two each in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Ulhasnagar and Aurangabad.

Mumbai recorded 1,372 new cases, reaching an overall count of 24,118. With 41 deaths, its toll now stands at 841.

3. 57-year-old BMC security officer dies

A57-YEAR-OLD security officer of the civic body, who was due to retire later this year, Wednesday succumbed to the novel coronavirus, the ninth Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) staffer to die due to the infection. So far, 80 civic security personnel have tested positive for the virus, of whom 55 are still undergoing treatment and 25 have recovered.

The security guard, originally posted at KEM hospital at Parel, was last month shifted to G-South ward — comprising Worli, Mahalaxmi, Lower Parel—after a government directive restricted assigning staff above 55  years on Covid-19 duty.


Mumbai: Twenty-five new Coronavirus patients were detected in Dharavi here on Wednesday, taking the tally of cases to 1,378, according to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) official. Six cases were found in Matunga Labour Colony within the area. But no new coronavirus death was reported in the area, known as Asia’s biggest slum, since Tuesday evening, the BMC official said. The death toll thus stands at56. The mortality rate in Dharavi due to the pandemic is 4.1 per cent, he added.


Liquor shops, Restaurants only for Home delivery Four-wheelers with two passengers (essential services)

■ Two-wheelers with no pillion rider(essential services)

■ E-commerce (all items)

■ Courier and postal services

■ Urban in situ construction

■ Essential services shops

■ Non-essential shops & Malls open from 9am to 5pm, but only for maintenance work


■ Metro, Schools, Colleges, hotels, Private offices

■ Any activity in Containment zones

■ Religious gatherings, spa, saloons, swimming pools

■ Rickshaws, taxis, app-based rides

5. HC seeks BMC, state response to plea claiming to overcharge by private hospitals

THE BOMBAY High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the state government and the BMC on a plea, which claimed that Private hospitals are not admitting Covid-19 patients and charging exorbitant fees from patients by taking advantage of a lockdown. The plea also claimed that the BMC is not accepting reports from Private testing laboratories.

The HC also observed that the presence of the municipal commissioner would be beneficial for adjudication and directed the petitioner to add the BMC commissioner as a party to the case.

The HC on Tuesday was hearing a PIL filed by Sarika Singh, a resident of Kurla, which claimed that private hospitals certifying patients as not affected by Covid-19 are not being accepted by the BMC and they are being asked to Undergo tests again.