Coronavirus Lockdown extended, BMC asks staff above 55 years to work from home

Updated: May 02, 2020, 11:15 | Sherlin Rajan
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    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an order on Friday under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4

     

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    Even as the Centre extended the nationwide lockdown for two weeks, Mumbai recorded the biggest jump in cases in a single day till now at 751 on Friday

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    Maharashtra reported a total of 1,008 new cases on Friday as the total count of COVID-19 patients in the state rose to 11,500.

     

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    With over 2,200 new cases in past 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 37,336 on Saturday morning, the Union Health Ministry said.

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    Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has increased the retirement age of health officers working in all the civic-run hospitals by one year as a temporary measure in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The retirement age for civic officials will now be 59 instead of 58.

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    The civic body also asked its staff above the age of 55 years to work from home or abstain from field duties, while those with comorbidities have been given leave for two weeks.

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    The government on Friday while announcing the lockdown extension, classified areas into red, orange and green zones. The order further said that a limited number of activities would remain prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone.

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the lockdown restrictions will be lifted in the state in a zone-wise manner after May 3 and the rules will be relaxed cautiously.

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    Admitting that people were facing hardships due to the lockdown, he said, "The real wealth of any country is the good health of its people. If people are safe then all is well."

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    The home ministry also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into new zones with Red signifying a hotspot.

     

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    The Union health ministry has listed 130 districts in the country in red zone, 284 in orange zone and 319 in green zone on the basis of incidence of cases of COVID-19, doubling rate, extent of testing and surveillance feedback.

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    As many as 227 police personnel including 30 officers have tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra so far, 66 of them since April 30, an official said.

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    An order issued by the Maharashtra government said that there will be no exit or entry of people from Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad amid the novel coronavirus outbreak till civic commissioners in these regions decide on containment zone boundaries

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    It said that a certificate from a registered medical practitioner that the one intending to travel does not have influenza-like symptoms will be sufficient for the purpose and separate screening will not be required.

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    Meanwhile, four more cases of Coronavirus were reported from the APMC market — three in the vegetable and one in the grain market — on Thursday, increasing the uncertainty about the operation of the wholesale grain and vegetable market.

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    APMC already has 24 traders and 16 staff, including security guards, NMMC doctors and a pharmacist, in home-quarantine after they came in contact with an infected person. Besides, 14 others from the market are infected.

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    State health minister Rajesh Tope said in a press release that as much as 83 per cent of coronavirus patients in Maharashtra are asymptomatic, and 20 per cent of them have recovered.

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    The mortality rate of the epidemic has come down to 3.5 per cent in the state, while the doubling rate of patients is more than the national average, the press release stated.

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    Tope told reporter in Jalna that out of the 36 districts of Maharashtra, 14 are in red zone due to the high rate of spread of infection, 16 in the orange and six in the green zone. 

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    In Mumbai, a special 2,000-beds facility has been created where senior citizens with comorbidities (existing health conditions) living in densely populated areas could be
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About The Gallery

On May 1, people in Maharashtra celebrated the state's 64th foundation day while staying indoors as the government extended the national lockdown for two more weeks two days before the scheduled end of lockdown 2.0. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) increased the retirement age of health officers working in all the civic-run hospitals by one year as a temporary measure in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

(Pictures/Satej Shinde, -Ashish Raje, Bipin Kokate, Sayyed Sameer Abedi, Pradeep Dhivar - mid-day photographers)