Navy personnel in Mumbai test positive as Maha govt announces cash benefit for labourers

Updated: Apr 19, 2020, 10:45 | Sherlin Rajan
  • On the 4th day of the extended lockdown, 328 tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra, taking total to 3,648, the state health ministry said on Saturday.

  • An official said that out of 328 persons test positive, 184 of them were found in Mumbai and 78 in Pune.

  • The Coronavirus death toll in the country rose to 488 and the number of cases climbed to 14,792 on Saturday, registering an increase of 36 deaths and 957 cases since Friday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry.

  • The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,289 while 2,014 people have been cured and discharged, and one had migrated, it said. The total number of cases includes 76 foreign nationals.

  • Over 20 Indian Navy personnel have tested positive for coronavirus at the strategically-located Western Naval Command in Mumbai, in the first case of a major outbreak of the deadly infection in the armed forces.

  • All the infected sailors were serving at the INS Angre, a shore-based logistics and support establishment, and they are currently undergoing treatment at a Navy hospital, official sources said.

  • The Navy has launched a large-scale contact tracing operation to track people who may have come in contact with the sailors. Almost all the residents of the residential building inside INS Angre are being tested, the sources said.

  • Meanwhile, after the changes in testing strategy and guidelines, 709 people from hospitals and quarantine areas have been shifted to Corona Care Centres (CCC), out of which more than 50 per cent are from hospitals. The BMC had made a list of 671 patients, who could be shifted to CCC. 

  • The police said on Saturday that as many as 10,729 people have been arrested, 33,984 vehicles seized and 52,626 cases registered in Maharashtra for allegedly violating the lockdown.

  • According to the police, all these cases were registered under Section 188 (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

  • At least 37 police personnel, including eight officers, across Maharashtra have tested
    coronavirus positive since the outbreak, an official said on Saturday.

  • These police personnel, including 29 constables, possibly came contact with the COVID-19 patients while performing their duty during the lockdown. Most of these patients are from Mumbai, the official said.

  • Maharashtra cyber police said on Saturday a total of 230 cases have been registered regarding fake news, rumours and hate speech on social media in the state during the lockdown.

  • According to a statement released by the cyber police, 46 accused have been arrested. All concerned police units are informed for swift action on the arrest and consecutive preventive action.

  • The state cyber police highlighted that there has been a rising trend in hate speech cases in the last seven days. Out of total registered cases, 122 cases are against hate speech on social media.

  • The Indian Medical Association (IMA)'s Maharashtra Chapter has demanded that the private sector should not be asked to treat non-COVID patients free of charge. The IMA had earlier decried the 'derogatory' notices sent by district collectors to doctors regarding acquiring their small hospitals for free treatment of non-COVID patients as well as COVID patients. It said the threat-like compulsion was in violation of the Union Health Ministry's directive.

  • Several small and medium businesses along Maharashtra's coastline, which rely heavily on tourists, fear that their troubles will only begin once the lockdown ends

  • Maharashtra Labour Minister Dilip Walse Patil announced on Saturday that state government will provide an assistance of Rs 2,000 each to 12 lakh registered construction workers during the lockdown in wake of coronavirus. 

  • The amount will be deposited through direct benefit transfer in the bank accounts of workers who are registered with the Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board," the minister said in an official statement, adding that more than 12 lakh workers registered with the board will benefit from this scheme.

  • The decision was taken in a meeting of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his deputy Ajit Pawar, Walse-Patil and senior bureaucrats, the statement said.

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In the first case of Coronavirus outbreak in the armed forces, at least 26 Indian Navy personnel have tested positive for the deadly infection at the strategically-located Western Naval Command in Mumbai on Saturday. All the infected sailors were serving at the INS Angre, a shore-based logistics and support establishment, and they are currently undergoing treatment at a Navy hospital, official sources said. (Picture/Atul Kamble, Satej Shinde, Shadab Khan, Pradeep Dhivar, Ashish Raje, Sayyed Sameer Abedi, Bipin Kokate- mid-day photographers)