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COVID-19: Full Lockdown NOT Imposed Again, Maha CM Assures Amid Cases Explosion

He had warned that the easing of restrictions could be rolled back if people didn’t follow rules.



MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Amid exponentially rising cases of coronavirus and the resulting viral messages on WhatsApp and other social media platforms about re-imposition of a complete lockdown, Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray was today prompted to tweet an appeal not to believe in the “malicious rumours”.

The rumours could have started after CM Thackeray on Wednesday warned that the easing of restrictions could be rolled back if people didn’t follow social distancing rules strictly.

Lockdown may continue if this happens. But I am confident people will listen to the government’s rules and guidelines since it is taking care of their welfare,” the CM had said at a briefing on Wednesday.

It may be noted that Maharashtra on May 31 announced its “Mission Begin Again” plan that allowed outdoor activities from 5 am to 7 pm, and shops to reopen between 9 am and 5 pm while maintaining safety guidelines and social distancing practices.

The Shiv Sena-led government, which is grappling with the worst outbreak of the virus in the country, has allowed government offices to open with 15 per cent staff and private offices with 10 per cent strength.

However, complete disregard for social-distancing norms — amid a meteoric rise in cases and widespread reports of a complete collapse of the health administration — saw traffic jams and jostling for access to public transport etc.

Maharashtra reported 3,254 new coronavirus patients on Wednesday, taking the count of cases in the state to 94,041, a health official said. The state also recorded 149 COVID-19-related deaths which took the number of deaths to 3,438.

Equally, 1,879 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the total number of recovered patients to 44,517, the official said. There are 46,074 active cases in the state at present.

While the tally of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra is inching towards the one lakh-mark, Mumbai’s count of cases stands at 52,667 with 1,857 deaths.

“Out of 149 deaths, 97 were reported from Mumbai, 15 from Thane, 10 from Pune, seven from Aurangabad, five each from Jalgaon and Navi Mumbai, three from Ulhasnagar, two each from Vasai-Virar and Akola, one each from Beed, Amaravati and Gadchiroli,” the official said.

“Thane division (which includes Mumbai) has reported 70,700 COVID-19 cases so far with 2,338 deaths, followed by 12,570 cases and 578 deaths in Pune division,” he said.

“North Maharashtra represented by Nashik division has reported 3,590 cases and 253 deaths while Kolhapur division representing southern Maharashtra and the coastal region has reported 1,373 cases and 26 deaths,” the official said.

In central Maharashtra, Aurangabad division has reported 2,692 COVID-19 cases and 125 deaths, while Latur division has reported 524 cases and 17 deaths, he said.

In Vidarbha, Akola division has reported 1,467 COVID-19 cases and 67 deaths while Nagpur division has reported 1,045 cases and 14 deaths.

Maharashtra has 95 labs to screen for COVID-19, of which 54 are government ones and 41 are run by private firms.

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Govt Warns Against Use Of N-95 Masks With Valved Respirators

There is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks by the public other than designated health workers.



NEW DELHI: The Centre has written to all states and union territories warning against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirators by people, saying these do not prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment.

The Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Ministry of Health, in a letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of states, said it has been observed that there is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks, particularly those with valved respirators, by the public other than designated health workers.

“…I would like to draw your attention to the advisory on the use of home-made protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the MoHFW,” read the statement by the DGHS.

The official referred to the advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

This advisory had been issued by the central government in April, asking people to use a homemade protective cover for face and mouth, particularly when they step outside of their residences.

The advisory stressed such face covers must be washed and cleaned each day, as instructed, and stated that any used cotton cloth can be used to make this face cover.

The colour of the fabric does not matter but one must ensure that the fabric is washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover.

It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,” DGHS Rajiv Garg said in the letter.

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COVID-19: 7 Lakh People Have Now Recovered From Coronavirus In India

The fatality rate continues to decline and has come down to 2.43 per cent.



NEW DELHI: The government today said a total of 7,24,578 people infected with Covid-19 have recovered in the country so far and the recovery rate is 62.72 per cent in India. And the case fatality rate continues to decline in the country and has come down to 2.43 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, in a significant development a record number of 24,491 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 4,02,529.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 37,148 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 11,55,191.

In a single day, 587 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 28,084.

In terms of the recovery rate of coronavirus cases, Delhi is at the top with 84.78 per cent followed by Ladakh, Haryana, Telangana and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In these five states and Union Territories, the recovery rate is above 73 per cent.

19 States and Union Territories have better recovery rates than the national average of 62.72 per cent.

In terms of the number of people recovered from Covid-19, Maharashtra leads the tally followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.

There are 29 States and Union Territories which have a lower fatality rate than the national average of  2.43 per cent.

In the total active cases, around 68 per cent caseloads are from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR reported that a total of 3,33,395 tests were conducted by various laboratories in the last 24 hours.

So far, 1,43,81,303 tests have been conducted in the country.

ICMR is continuously ramping up testing facilities and at present, a total of one thousand 274 laboratories across India are conducting Covid-19  tests. Of which,892 are government laboratories and 382 are private laboratory chains.

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COVID-19: Inadequate Evidence To Suggest Nation-Level Community Transmission – AIIMS Delhi Director

Does not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.



NEW DELHI: India is on fast track mode to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking to the media in New Delhi today, AIIMS Delhi Director Randeep Guleria informed that the Human trials for the indigenously developed COVAXIN have begun at the premier medical Institute.

He informed that after the registration procedure and blood sample tests of the health volunteers, the vaccine will be administered to 100 healthy individuals in the first phase.

Dr Guleria said that in the second phase 750 people will be recruited between 12 to 65 years of age for the human trials.

He said that the medical institute has received an overwhelming response in terms of volunteer registration for the trials.

Terming development of an indigenous vaccine as a great achievement, he informed that India’s mass production capacity of drugs and vaccines will also help in meeting the demands during its production stage.

Replying to a question on Community Transmission, Dr Guleria said, there is not much evidence that community transmission is happening at National level.

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

Dr Guleria asserted that certain areas in the country, including the National Capital, appeared to have reached their peak and are now showing a significant decline in the number of cases.

He emphasized on continued aggressive action towards containment of infection in hotspots.

The AIIMS Director stressed on the need for the enhanced door to door testing and isolation measures.

Dr Guleria said that the measures adopted by the government for testing, tracing and treating COVID-19 patients have helped contain the fatality rates in the country as one of the lowest in the world.

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