Coronavirus outbreak: 31 journalists test negative; Mumbai cop succumbs to Covid-19

Updated: Apr 27, 2020, 09:39 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    Mumbai recorded 358 new cases on Sunday, taking the total up from 5,049 on Saturday to 5,407 on Sunday. Maharashtra recorded 440 new cases, taking the total to 8,068, and 19 deaths.

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    34 new patients were tested positive for Coronavirus in Dharavi taking the total number of positive cases in Dharavi to 275, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

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    13 deaths were recorded Mumbai on Sunday. Nine patients had co-morbidities, four had age-related risks, eight were male and five female. Two of the patients were below the age of 40 years, four were above the age of 60 years, and the rest were aged between 40 and 60 years.

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    With the rise in the number of cases in Mumbai, the containment zones too rose with around 100 of them being added on Sunday. From 930 recorded till April 23, 1,036 were recorded till April 24, and another 100 were added on Sunday, sources said.

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    31 journalists have been discharged in Mumbai after their second COVID-19 report came negative. All have been advised home quarantine for 14 days, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

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    Two head constables with the Mumbai police force have died of Coronavirus. Mumbai Police paid tribute to the cops on theri official Twitter handle

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urged people in "hiding" to get themselves tested. 

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    72 new coronavirus cases were found in Pune on Sunday while five more persons died of the disease and the total number of cases in the city increased to 1,139, said the Pune Municipal Corporation. Six persons were also discharged, the civic body said.

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation through his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme on Sunday, said that the fight against coronavirus in India is a people-driven fight.

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    Every person is a soldier in this war and everyone has been contributing in every way they can. "Some are waiving off house rent, also some labourers who are in quarantine at a school are whitewashing schools," he said.

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    Meanwhile, government officials on Sunday said the recovery rate of coronavirus patients in the country has jumped to 22 per cent, an increase of 10 percentage points from the rate of 12 per cent recorded 10 days ago.

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    The BMC is now planning to convert large open spaces including JIO gardens in BKC and Wankhede Stadium into COVID care centres and quarantine facilities.

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    The civic body is also planning to increase the capacity of the quarantine centres at NESCO exhibition centre in Goregaon and NSCI and they have approached two builders to help construct amenities for the same.

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    Maharashtra Minister Amit Deshmukh said on Sunday that the state government has decided to make coronavirus tests and treatment in medical and dental colleges free under the State Medical Education Department and people should not avoid treatment thinking about high costs.

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    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray thanked people of all religions for following the lockdown norms. "Be it Akshay Tritiya or the month of Ramzaan, people have decided to stay inside and I thank them all," he said.

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    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday discussed with his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray for safe return of Odia migrants stranded in Maharashtra. In a video conference, Patnaik requested Thackeray to arrange for safe return of those stranded.

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    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao hinted at an extension on the lockdown on Sunday and said that if people extend their support to the lockdown for some more days, the situation would further improve.

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to discuss the current COVID-19 situation in the state and accordingly he is likelt to announce new measures on April 30.

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    The Maharashtra government is closely monitoring the situation in areas outside the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Amravati, a senior state official said. "It is the cities where most of the COVID-19 cases are concentrated. If the state has to relax its current stringent lockdown measures, it would be in rural and least affected areas of the state, " he said

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    Meanwhile, India recorded 1,975 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest single-day spike so far, taking the total case count to 26,917, according to health ministry data.

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India's total COVID-19 cases crossed the 27,000-mark with Maharashtra being the worst affected state. Two police personnel attached to the Mumbai Police lost their lives to COVID-19. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray thanked everyone for giving priority to the nation over festivals as people celebrated Akshay Tritiya and Ramzaan by staying indoors

All images: Pradeep Dhivar, Ashish Rane, Bipin Kokate, Satej Shinde