Lockdown 4.0: Mumbai reports 38 COVID-19 deaths; Maharashtra governor announces austerity measures

Updated: May 29, 2020, 11:05 | Sunny Rodricks
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    A total of 1,438 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus with 38 deaths taking place, thereby taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai to 35,273. "The total death toll the city stands to 1,135 after 38 deaths were reported today," a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said.

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    To date, a total of 59,546 people have tested positive of coronavirus and 1,982 people have succumbed to the disease in the state, the Maharashtra Health Department said. The statement issued by the department said that on Thursday, 698 people were discharged from the hospitals after their treatment. Till now, 18,616 people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection.

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    A total of 36 people tested positive for coronavirus from Dharavi, which remains one of the worse affected areas in Mumbai. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Asia's largest slum now stands at 1,675. The BMC release also said that about 61 people in this area have succumbed to the disease so far.

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    In photo: Morning walkers donning face masks snapped at Thakur Village in Kandivli amid lockown in the city.

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    On Thursday, the Central government released a list of 13 cities that are considered to be the worst coronavirus affected locations and constitute about 70 percent of the positive cases in the country. These include Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu, and Thiruvallur.

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    In a disheartening news, two police personnel succumbed and 131 more tested positive for COVID-19 among the Maharashtra police personnel, thereby taking the total coronavirus cases in the force to 2,095. With two news deaths, the state police force's COVID-19 death toll stands at 22. Out of the total cases, 897 police personnel have recovered from the infection.

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    In what could be a respite for Mumbaikars from the scorching heat, Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, Scientist at India Meteorological Department, Pune said that Monsoon is likely to hit Maharashtra by June 8 and pre-monsoon activities are expected to start by May 30. On Thursday, the IMD in its bulletin stated that the conditions are favourable in Kerala for the onset of the southwest monsoon on June 1.

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    In photo: A migrant child with his carrom board rushes to catch a bus leaving the state

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    In an unprecedented gesture, the alumni of the National Law School (NLS) Bengaluru, raised funds within hours to send a group of 180 stranded migrants in Mumbai back to their home state Jharkhand. The NLS alumni association hired the 180-seater Airbus A-320 aircraft of the budget carrier for carrying out the humanitarian operation.

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    On Thursday, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) submitted a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery seeking permission to resume shooting. The under-production films that IMPPA listed as projects that need to restart shooting urgently include the Ishaan Khatter-Ananya Panday starrer "Khaali Peeli" and "Sridevi Bungalow" starring Priya Prakash Varrier among others.

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    Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari launched several austerity measures to reduce the expenses of Raj Bhavan to make available more resources for COVID-19 relief. The measures are expected to save around 10-15 per cent of the Raj Bhavan budget for the current fiscal. Besides this, the Governor has already donated his one month salary and further pledged 30 percent of his salary for one year to the PM CARES Fund.

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    In photo: A girl speaks on phone as she awaits for transportation to go back to her village amid lockdown in the city.

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    Messages claiming the presence of locusts in Mumbai were doing the rounds on WhatsApp. However, Maharashtra state disaster management officials rubbished the claims and said that no locust swarm was spotted in Mumbai. Experts and officials said there was no evidence of the insect movement towards the city; even if some were sighted, they could be insects lost from the swarm

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    The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to screen every person in the containment zones in Kopar Khairane and Turbhe to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. At least 10 dedicated medical teams will first check for fever and if they show COVID-19 symptoms then the oxygen level will be tested with a pulse oxymeter. If the level of oxygen doesn't look satisfactory, swab tests will be conducted.

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    According to a date released by the civic body, 1,529 staffers have tested positive and 25 have died of COVID-19 till now. BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal praised the employees for their efforts and assured that they would get the benefits declared by the central and state governments and the civic body.

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    Given the COVID-19 scare, about 61 per cent of the passengers in a survey have said that they will wait for the next two to three months to catch a Mumbai local again.

    In photo: Herons on an empty boat anchored in the Arabian sea at Bandra amid lockdown in the city.

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    In a worrying incident, airline carrier Indigo said that a total of 12 asymptomatic passengers who travelled in four of its flights have tested positive for COVID-19. This included 3 passengers on 6E 955 from Delhi to Jammu on May 26, 6 passengers on board 6E 6992 from Bengaluru to Coimbatore on May 27 and 2 passengers on 6E 908 from Delhi to Coimbatore on May 27.

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    NCP chief Sharad Pawar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the real estate sector is in a state of "complete breakdown" amid the lockdown and Modi should look into the issue personally.

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    In an interview, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that testing 1.3 billion people for COVID-19 is neither possible nor feasible. The BJP leader also said that priority based and targeted testing will be helpful in detecting more cases of COVID-19 and curbing the disease. As on May 27, our testing capacity is 1,60,000 per day and we have done 32,44,884 tests till date, he said.

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    In photo: A couple share a light moment as a child on a cycle passes them at Walkeshwar in South Mumbai.

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Rumours of locusts entering Mumbai were doing rounds on social media, later the claims were debunked by officials. In a disheartening news, more police personnel tested positive for COVID-19, the Maharashtra Police said. Meanwhile, an online survey of over 50,000 users of a popular app was carried out to understand whether people would like travel by Mumbai's local trains if the lockdown is lifted. Interestingly, 61 per cent respondents said they will steer clear for at least two months even if services resume

(All photos/mid-day photograhers)