Coronavirus outbreak: Liquor shops shut in Mumbai once again; Navi Mumbai sees spike in cases

Updated: May 06, 2020, 10:18 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    Maharashtra's count of COVID-19 cases crossed 15,500 on Tuesday and 635 of the cases were reported in Mumbai. 

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    Mumbai's tally has climbed to 9945 with 345 deaths. Of the new cases, Mumbai reported 635 of them as well as 26 of the 34 new fatalities.

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    Mumbai’s biggest slum sprawl Dharavi on Tuesday reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 665, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

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    The number of COVID-19 cases has witnessed a sharp rise in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) area. On Tuesday, the corporation area recorded 47 cases – the biggest single-day spike in numbers so far.

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    Non-essential shops, including liquor stores will be shut down again in Mumbai, announced the BMC on Tuesday night, citing over-crowding outside shops and violation of social distancing orders by the customers on Day 1 of COVID-19 lockdown 3.0 on Monday

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    "The civic staff and police personnel are already under pressure, and opening of shops may put added pressure on the system," said a BMC official.

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    India has so far been able to stave off community transmission of COVID-19, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, expressing hope that behavioural changes brought about by the infection could become the new normal for a healthy society after the pandemic abates.

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    The government on Tuesday also suspended all existing visas granted to foreign nationals, barring a few categories, till international air travel to and from India remains shut due to the coronavirus pandemic, an order by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

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    The Centre announced that it will operate 64 flights from May 7 to 13 to bring back Indians stranded abroad.

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    With 2,958 new cases and 126 new fatalities, India's coronavirus count on Wednesday climbed to 49,391, said the Health Ministry.

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    The Union Territory Dadar Nagar Haveli reported its first case. No cases had ever been reported from here so far

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    Meanwhile, Ola Cabs began operations in 12 cities across Maharashtra, which are in green and orange zones from Monday. 

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    The BMC is set to start a crowdfunding drive to provide ration, medicines and sanitary kits to 20,000 families in Dharavi for the next two months.

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    The move comes after the BMC observed that around 70 per cent of Dharavi’s population is daily wage earners — working in small-scale leather and packaging industries – and auto-rickshaw drivers among others.

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    The Maharashtra government declared a freeze on new capital works until March next year. The state, which has been worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, slashes spending in development projects under government schemes by 67% for the 2020-’21 period.

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    Meanwhile, the Telangana government has said that the lockdown in the state will be extended until May 29. The decision was taken by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on May 5.

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    On the global front, the number of cases has now surpassed 3.5 million with 2,51, 510 deaths, although the rate of fatalities and new cases has slowed from peaks reached last month. The Donald Trump-led United States continues to be the worst-affected with 11,66,083 cases and 67,913 deaths.

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BMC decided to shut down non-essential shops once again in Mumbai after social distancing norms were flouted by people over-crowding outside liquor shops. Mumbai and Navi Mumbai saw huge spike in number of positive COVID-19 cases in 24 hours.

All images: Pradeep Dhivar, Ashish Raje,Sameer Abedi, Bipin Kokate, Atul Kamble, Shadab Khan, Sameer Markande