COVID-19: Mumbai reports 26 deaths in a day; patient runs away from isolation centre in Pune

Updated: Apr 30, 2020, 09:27 | Sunny Rodricks
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    Amid the uncertainty of the lockdown being lifted or extended, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allowed movement of migrant workers, tourists, students etc. who have been stranded at various places across the country due to the COVID-19 crisis. With over 1800 fresh cases of the coronavirus reported on Wednesday, the country's tally crossed the 30,000-mark as India continues its fight against the pandemic.

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    While addressing a press conference, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that Maharashtra remains to be the worst affected state with 9,318 cases followed by Gujarat with 3,744 cases and Delhi with 3,314 cases of COVID-19.

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    Whereas, states such as Goa (seven cases; all seven recovered), Arunachal Pradesh (one case; now recovered), Manipur (two cases; both recovered), Tripura (two cases; both recovered) have reported no new cases of COVID-19.

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    In photo: Women defying social distancing norms as they purchase vegetables at Hari Om Nagar, Mulund East.

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    After reporting 25 deaths due to COVID-19 in Mumbai, the city on Wednesday recorded 26 deaths due to the deadly pandemic. Mumbai reported 475 fresh cases of coronavirus thereby taking the city's total number of COVID-19 cases to 9,532, the BMC said. Over 400 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic Maharashtra alone.

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    In a shocking incident, a 70-year-old COVID-19 patient in Pune ran away from an isolation facility in Balewadi area. The senior citizen alleged that he ran because the civic-run quarantine facility did not provide food to patients and lacked basic amenities like clean washrooms. After running away from the quarantine facility, the man walked 17 kilometres to reach his home in Yerawada.

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    In a heartening development, Pune's Chandumama Sonawane Hospital and Meera Hospital have been declared as dedicated hospitals for COVID-19 positive pregnant women. While the Chandumama Sonawane Hospital is run by the Pune Municipal Corporation, Meera Hospital is a private hospital.

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    In photo: A taxi driver spotted spending some time alone in his vehicle in South Mumbai.

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    After losing three of their men to COVID-19, the Mumbai Police announced a 10-point strategy to tackle the spread of the novel infection among its 45,000 personnel comprising of officers and constables. From relieving cops above 55 years of age to changing duty patterns, and administering Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with multivitamin tablets are some of the steps taken by Mumbai Police.

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    A total of 15 BEST employees including bus conductors, drivers, electricity department employees and transport engineering department have tested positive for coronavirus. On the other hand, in what could be good news, a BEST conductor from Goregaon depot, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and has a history of asthma, was declared COVID-19 free on Tuesday, after he tested negative.

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    Nearly 70 state transport buses left Maharashtra on Wednesday morning to bring back students stranded at Rajasthan's Kota due to the nationwide lockdown. On Tuesday, state Transport Minister Anil Parab said that the Maharashtra government will facilitate the return of the 1780 students. Once returned, the students and their parents will have to undergo medical checkup followed by the mandatory 14-day home quarantine.

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    In photo: mid-day lensman captures a group of pigeons flying with Mumbai's high-rise buildings in the background amid lockdown.

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    In another update, the Western Railway's Lower Parel Workshop manufactured a booth to collect the swab sample of people who are infected with the coronavirus. The booth will enable doctors and healthcare professionals to take the sample/swab without exposing themselves to the COVID-19 affected patient. The Sample Collection Booth will be installed at Jagjivan Ram Hospital, a COVID-19 hospital at Mumbai Central.

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    In an unprecedented move, the MMRDA will construct a 1000-bed hospital to provide quarantine and isolation facilities with treatment for non-critical COVID-19 patients at BKC exhibition ground. While MMRDA will bear the cost of the hospital, Thane's Jupiter Hospital will provide the design and technical guidance for its construction. The make-shift hospital will be completed in a span of 15 to 20 days and will be handed over the BMC once functional.

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    On Wednesday, the BMC took to Twitter to announce the death of one of its officers. As per the tweet, a man identified as Madhukar Haryan, who was working as an Inspector with the Assessment Dept., succumbed to COVID-19 infection. The BMC tweet said that Haryan had devoted himself in the service of Mumbaikars and the needy.

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    In photo: Mumbai Police personnel take out a route march at a market in Dongri, South Mumbai.

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    In what could be a huge relief, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allowed movement of migrant labourers, workers, students, tourists and others. MHA asked state governments to screen the people and only those who are found asymptomatic would be allowed to move back to their state. Laying out the procedure on the arrival at the destination, MHA has asked the states to keep the people under home quarantine.

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    While addressing a press conference, Union Minister of Health Dr Harsh Vardhan said that of the total number of COVID-19 cases only 0.33 percent people are on ventilators, while 1.5 percent patients are on oxygen support and 2.34 percent patients are in ICU. He said that this reflects the quality of care being provided to COVID-19 patients across the country.

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    In photo: A father and his daughter and a child cover their faces with masks while waiting outside a dispensary in Mumbai.

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    The Himachal Pradesh Health Department on Wednesday said that the state has not reported new COVID-19 positive cases in the last seven days. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 40 with 10 active cases. Among the 40 patients, 25 patients recovered, while four were migrated with the state reported one death due to COVID-19.

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    In another development, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that the new guidelines providing some relaxations to several districts would come into effect from May 4. This comes in the backdrop of the extended lockdown, which will end on May 3.

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    In photo: A man can be seen enjoying quiet time amid dogs and crows at an industrial area in Mumbai.

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Mumbai reported 475 fresh cases of coronavirus while 26 people succumbed to COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, according to the BMC. Meanwhile, 70 state buses were sent for Kota to bring back stranded students and a COVID-19 patient ran away from an isolation centre in Pune. Union Minister of Health Dr Harsh Vardhan said that of the total number of coronavirus cases only 0.33 per cent people are on ventilators. (All photos/mid-day photographers)