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COVID-19: Helpless Maharashtra Hurtles Down Past 1,00,000 Cases Mark

The state contributes one-third of the total virus load in India.



MUMBAI (Maharashtra): With 3,493 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day, Maharashtra on Friday became the first — and yet the only — state in India to have recorded more than one lakh coronavirus cases. The state had registered its first case 95 days ago, on March 9.

With a total of 1,01,141 cases and 3,717 deaths, Maharashtra contributes one-third of the total virus load in India.

The state capital Mumbai now has a total of 55,451 cases. The city’s toll touched 2,044 on Friday as 90 more succumbed to the infection.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) itself accounts for 75% of the disease burden in the state. Thane and Pune, with a caseload of 16,443 and 11,281 respectively, are also major contributors to the state tally.

On Friday, Mumbai reached another grim milestone by crossing 2,000 deaths. For the third day in a row, the city added at least 90 deaths to its tally.

While the toll was exactly 90 on Friday, it was 97 on each of the preceding two days. The city’s toll now stands at 2,044, accounting for 55% of deaths in Maharashtra.

When Maharashtra government imposed a lockdown on March 23, a day before the nationwide lockdown was imposed by the Centre, the state had merely 97 cases.

State health minister Rajesh Tope claimed during a media interaction that the lockdown has helped the state to contain the virus spread and given it time to set up additional healthcare facilities.

If we see cases from countries like the USA and other European countries, we are not that bad. Also, we have only 49,000-odd active cases in the state. The recovery rate in many districts is as high as 70%,” Tope told media persons.

Providing statistical comfort, however, though Maharashtra reported the fastest growth rate of COVID-19 cases in India, it has performed better than Spain, Italy and the UK.

A total of 15,003 senior citizens have contracted the infection in Maharashtra.

On Friday, 90 of the total 127 deaths were reported in Mumbai alone, followed by Pune (12), Thane (11), Kalyan Dombivali (3), Sangli (3), Nashik (2), Aurangabad (2), and one each in Mira Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Dhule, and Amravati.

The state has over 3,000 containment zones. Health Minister Tope said the containment zone tag is removed if no case were reported from the area in 28 days.

At 3.6 per cent, the fatality rate in Maharashtra remains higher than the national average of 2.86 per cent.

The state government data, till June 11, showed most of the virus-afflicted patients – 18,857 people — were in the age group of 31-40 years, followed by 17,890 who are aged 21-30 years.

Fatality, however, is lower in these age groups as compared to those aged above 60 years.

The health department said that an analysis of 97,635 Covid-19 patients in terms of genderwise distribution of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra shows there is more number of men than women who have been infected by the virus.

There are 60,596 or 62% male patients of the coronavirus disease against 37,039 or 38% females.

In view of the exploding cases, the health minister today said that the state government has reduced the rates of the coronavirus tests conducted by private laboratories from Rs 4,500 to Rs 2,200.

Rs 2,200 will be charged for collecting the swabs through viral transport media (VTM) from hospitals, while it would cost Rs 2,800 for collection of a swab from home. Earlier, the charges were Rs 4,500 and Rs 5,200 respectively,” he said.

The revised rates are the maximum these labs can charge. District collectors can negotiate with private labs to reduce the rates further.

Another Minister Tests Positive:

Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde tested positive for coronavirus Friday — making him the third such state minister. Jitendra Awhad (NCP) and Ashok Chavan (Congress), who had tested positive earlier, have both recovered.

Munde, who was asymptomatic but suffered from slight breathlessness, had been admitted to Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Friday.

The NCP leader had attended a state Cabinet meeting earlier this week and taken part in the party’s foundation day event two days ago.

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COVID-19: In 15 Days, Recovery Rate Improves To 67% From 63%

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 5,86,244.



NEW DELHI: The highest recoveries from coronavirus have been reported in the country within 24 hours. A total of 51 thousand 706 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in one day which is the highest figure since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in India. This has resulted in further improvement in the recovery rate which has reached 67.19 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry yesterday said, a total of 12 lakh 82 thousand 215 people have recovered from coronavirus in the country so far. It said, there has been a 63.8 per cent increase in recovered cases in the last 14 days.

The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure has ensured the increased recovery rate which has improved from 63 per cent to 67 per cent in two weeks.

The Ministry said that a total of 52,509 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 19,08,254.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 5,86,244.

In a single day, 857 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 39,795. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.08 per cent in the country.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research said that a total of 2,14,84,402 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

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COVID-19: India Has Now Tested Over Two Crore Samples For Coronavirus

The number of ‘Tests Per Million’ in the country has increased to over 14,850.



NEW DELHI: In a landmark achievement, India has tested over two crore COVID-19 samples so far. The remarkable feat has been achieved by the State and Union Territories under the guidance of Centre for management of COVID-19.

India has carried out over two crore tests for detection of COVID-19 pursuant to the key strategy of “test aggressively, track efficiently and isolate and treat promptly”, the government said on Monday, hailing the milestone as a “landmark achievement”.

The objectives of testing aggressively, tracking efficiently and isolating and treating promptly are rigorously followed by States and Union Territories in terms of the guidance given by the Health Ministry.

Effective implementation of this approach has led to ramping up the testing capacity across the country and facilitated widespread COVID testing of people. With 6,61,715 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Tests Per Million in the country has increased to over 14,850.

COVID testing in the country has demonstrated a steady upward trend indicating the growing testing network. In another positive development, around 24 States and Union Territories have reported higher testing per million than the national average.

On Aug 3, a record six lakh 61,715 COVID tests were done by various laboratories. This is the highest number of COVID tests conducted in the country in a single day so far.

More than 2,08,64,000 tests have been conducted in the country till now.

Starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple fold increase in a few months was made possible by dedicated teams of research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines and postal services. Government has created robust health infrastructure for effective management of COVID-19 pandemic within a short span.

In January this year, there was only one testing laboratory for COVID-19 in India. Now, 1,356 labs are engaged in testing the COVID samples across the country. Out of the total 917 are government labs while 439 and private laboratories.

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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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