Coronavirus lockdown: Mantralaya to be fumigated; 15-BEST staff test positive in Mumbai

Updated: Apr 29, 2020, 10:16 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    As the government may propose to extend the lockdown beyond May 3, at least in COVID-19 hotspots, rrestriction may be decided based on colour coding of districts. The spread of infection is on the rise as the country recorded over 1,800 new cases on Tuesday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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    Mumbai on Tuesday reported the highest death toll due to COVID-19 in a single day. Aurangabad and Malegaon also recorded a significant increase in the number of cases.

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    Indian Council of Medical Research said that there is no approved therapy for Coronavirus as of now. Plasma therapy is not proven till date; it is only in the experimental stage. Till the time it is approved, it should not be used as it could be harmful to the patients, Health Ministry spokesperson said.

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    In picture: BMC medical workers head towards Shastri Nagar slum in Mumbai. 

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    According to BMC officials, a total of 25 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Tuesday. Of these, five died between April 23-25, and 17 of them were suffering from other ailments. According to the civic body, 393 new infections were confirmed in the city on Tuesday. The patients are admitted in isolation wards and are undergoing treatment.

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    After four Mantralaya staffers reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus, a government order said that the Maharashtra state headquarters Mantralaya and the new administrative building will be closed on April 29 and 30 for fumigation.

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    The 73-year-old mother and wife of a police constable tested positive for COVID-19 in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, an official said on Tuesday.

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    Four deaths were also reported in Dharavi. Civic officials said two of the patients who died — a 60-year-old man and a 60-year -old woman — had tested positive earlier and died at Sion Hospital while undergoing treatment.

     

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    Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with son Aaditya Thackeray attended the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta of Bombay High Court at Rajbhavan in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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    The oath taking ceremony took place in the presence of very few guests. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and few High Court judges attended the oath taking ceremony. All who attended were wearing masks.  

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    The spread of coronavirus has resulted in a change in garbage disposal mechanisms in Mumbai, with BMC now collecting an average of 37 tonnes of waste everyday from comtainment zones comprising both residential as well as institutional quarantine facilities.

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi spelt out the ground rule for the evacuation plan and said that India’s blue collar workers stranded abroad will get the first seats in the special flights that will be run by the government.

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    Meanwhile, COVID-19 gripped 15 BEST employees, which includes seven conductors, four drivers, two in the electricity department, two from the transport engineering department.

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    Commissioner of the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) Chandrakant Dange confirmed that the total lockdown had been extended upto May 3 in Mira-Bhayander.

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    India is set to achieve self-reliance with respect to the production of indigenous rapid testing and RT-PCR diagnostic kits by the end of May, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday.

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    Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal during a video conference with State Education Ministers, announced that Mid Day Meal or its equivalent Food Security Allowance will be provided to children even during summer vacations.

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    As many as 206 new cases were reported in Delhi in last 24 hours taking the total to 3,314, of which 1,078 recovered. 

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    A group of daily wage labourers walking along the Eastern Express Highway to return to their homes in MP and UP were stopped by police and sent back to their temporary accommodations.

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    Good samaritans come forward and help the migrant workers with food and water.

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Mantralaya will be closed for two days for fumigation after four staff members test positive, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated that 393 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in last 24 hours in Mumbai.

images: Ashish Rane, Pradeep Dhivar, Bipin Kokate, Sameer Abedi, Shadab Khan