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Maharashtra, Mumbai touch new records of Covid-19 deaths, patients

As many as 13,803 teams have carried out a survey of a population of around 57.6 lakhs in the state till date.

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Mumbai, May 13 : Maharashtra on Wednesday reported a new high of 54 Covid-19 deaths, while Mumbai accounted for a record 40 fatalities and the number of positive cases across the state achieved a new single-day spike of 1,495, health officials said here.

With 54 fatalities – up from Tuesday”s 53 – the state”s death toll shot up to 975 and the total number of coronavirus patients increased to 25,922, with the highest jump seen after the 1,278 nw cases on May 10.

Of the total deaths, a staggering 40 – the highest till date – were recorded in Mumbai alone, taking the city”s toll to 596 and the number of Covid-19 patients in the city shot up by a new high of 800 to touch 15,747.

Mumbai”s Dharavi slum alone continued to be a major hotspot and a headache for the health authorities, notching 66 new cases, taking the total number of patients to 1,028, and 40 deaths till now.

Besides Mumbai, there were six deaths in Pune, two each in Jalgaon, Solapur, and Aurangabad, plus one each in Palghar and Ratnagiri.

They comprised 33 men and 21 women, and nearly 67 percent of them suffered from other serious ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and asthma.

On the positive side, 422 more fully cured patients returned home, taking the number of those discharged to 5,547 till date.

Mumbai recorded its 5th and the state its 8th policeman victim when 57-year-old policeman of Navi Mumbai, working with Sewri Police Station here, succumbed to Covid-19. Another 1,000-plus policemen have tested positive and several thousands more are in quarantine around the state.

With the continuous daily spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths in Mumbai and the upcoming Ramzan and Eid, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh sought an additional 20 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), which can reduce the burden of the state police.

In an attempt to kickstart the paralysed industrial sector, Industry Minister Subhash Desai on Wednesday said the state has permitted 65,000 industries to resume operations of which 35,000 have already started with around 900,000 employees.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (Thane Division) continued to cause huge concerns with 644 Covid-19 deaths and 19,446 patients, with Thane district notching 25 deaths, Palghar 13 and Ratnagiri 10 fatalities so far.

Pune Division trails a distant second with 193 fatalities and 3,606 patients.

The next major area of concern is Nashik Division with 71 deaths and 1,114 positive cases, followed by Akola Division with 26 deaths and 408 cases, and finally Aurangabad with 18 fatalities and 759 patients.

Kolhapur Division has reported five deaths and 130 patients, Latur Division five fatalities and 94 cases, and finally Nagpur Division with 3 deaths and 324 patients.

Meanwhile, the number of people shunted in home quarantine increased from 281,655 to 298,213, and those in institutional quarantine dropped by 1,000 to 14,627, while the state”s containment zones increased from 1,289 to 1,439 on Wednesday.

As many as 13,803 teams have carried out a survey of a population of around 57.6 lakhs in the state till date.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at [email protected])

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Two more Congress MLAs test positive; party office shut in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, July 11 : Two more Karnataka Congress legislators tested Covid-19 positive, while the party’s state unit office in the city has been shut after three employees were infected with the virus, an official said on Saturday.

“Our party MLAs Ajay Singh from Jewargi Assembly segment in Kalaburagi district and Prasad Abbayya from Hubli-Dharwad East seat tested positive on Friday and are under treatment at the designated hospitals,” party’s spokesman M.A. Saleem told IANS.

The party’s office on Queen’s Road in the city centre has been shut till Monday after three staffers tested positive for the corona virus symptoms.

“As the party’s office is located in a containment area, we have shut it after the three staffers had contracted the symptoms and tested positive,” said Saleem.

Singh, son of former Congress Chief Minister Dharam Singh, tweeted that he was asymptomatic and would be in quarantine for two weeks in Bengaluru.

“I request all those people who were my primary contacts to take precautions and stay safe,” Singh said in the tweet.

Abbayya got admitted to the state-run KIMS hospital at Hubli in the state’s northwest region after his throat swab tested positive.

Singh and Abbayya attended the oath-taking ceremony of the party’s state unit president D.K. Shivakumar at the party’s office in the city on July 2.

Another party MLA H.D. Ranganath from Kunigal Assembly seat in the neighbouring Tumakur district, who also attended the Shivakumar function, tested positive and is under treatment at a private hospital in the city.

Party’s MLA T.A. Raje Gowda and Chikmagaluru MLC Bhoje Gowda also tested positive and are under treatment in designated hospitals in Chikamagalur.

Chikamagalur is 240km northwest of Bengaluru in the southern state.

BJP’s MLA Rajkumar Patil Teklur from Sedam in the state’s northern Kalaburagi district also tested positive and is under treatment at a private hospital in Bengaluru.

Independent MLA Sharath Bachgowda from Hoskote Assembly segment in Bengaluru Rural also tested Covid-19 positive and is under treatment at a private hospital in the city, an official from his office said.

BJP’s MLA Bharat Shetty from Mangaluru North segment and its MLC M.K. Pranesh also tested positive and have been under treatment since July 5-6.

Veteran state Congressman B. Janardhana Poojary also tested positive for the virus and is under treatment at a private hospital in Mangaluru.

“Poorjary, 83, is under treatment at a private hospital here after he tested positive for Covid on Sunday,” party official Ravi Gowda told IANS earlier.

Mangaluru is about 360km west of Bengaluru in the southern state.

Poojary’s son J. Santhosh said his father’s condition was stable and no cause for worry as he was asymptomatic.

Karnataka’s Independent Lok Sabha member and multi-lingual South Indian actress Sumalatha Ambareesh tested positive and was under home quarantine.

Sumalatha, 56, is a parliamentary member from Mandya, about 100km from Bengaluru on way to Mysuru.

The celluloid heroine developed symptoms of headache and throat irritation on July 4. Hence, she decided to get tested, as she might have been exposed to the virus during the course of her duty and tour in her constituency.

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Yediyurappa to work from home as staffers test positive

“I am healthy. No one needs to worry. I will give advice and issue instructions through video conference,” tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada.

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Bengaluru, July 10 : Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would work from his official residence in the city centre for a few days, as some of his staffers at his home office tested Covid-19 positive, an official said on Friday.

“Yediyurappa, 78, will work from his official residence ”Cauvery” for some days after some staff members at his home office ”Krishna” tested positive for the virus,” an official of the Chief Minister’s office told IANS here.

The Chief Minister has cancelled all official engagements till further notice and will hold video conferences with officials and ministers on Covid-19 and other issues.

“I am healthy. No one needs to worry. I will give advice and issue instructions through video conference,” tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada.

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Congress leader Sushmita Dev tests Covid positive in Assam, tally 14,032

Gogoi’s legal counsel Santanu Barthakur told the media, “In the morning, I received the news that Gogoi has tested positive for Covid-19.”

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Guwahati/Silchar, July 9 : While former Congress Lok Sabha member Sushmita Dev has tested positive for coronavirus, the Assam government refuted the media reports that Akhil Gogoi, jailed top farmers leader, tested Covid-19 positive.

On Thursday, Covid-19 death toll rose to 24 and number of cases jumped to 14,032 in the state.

All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) chief and the party”s national spokesperson Dev, daughter of former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev, was on Wednesday admitted to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital after she tested nCoV positive.

“I have tested positive for Covid-19. I am asymptomatic as of now,” the 48-year-old Congress leader tweeted. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra inquired about her health.

On Akhil Gogoi testing Covid-19 positive, Inspector General of Prisons Dasarath Das said he had not received any such report from the health department.

Gogoi’s legal counsel Santanu Barthakur told the media, “In the morning, I received the news that Gogoi has tested positive for Covid-19.”

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee (KMSS) founder is lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail for the past seven months for his role in the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

On Wednesday, two associates of Gogoi, who are in the judicial custody, tested Covid-19 positive.

Meanwhile, during the day two more Covid-19 deaths were reported in the state, taking the toll to 24, while the number of cases rose to 14,032.

Two more Covid-19 patients, aged 70 and 56, succumbed to the infection this morning at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, tweeted Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Health Department is conducting door-to-door Covid-19 testing in Guwahati from Tuesday. The campaign in the Pandu area of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation is being personally monitored by Sarma.

According to the health officials, the number of Covid-19 cases in Assam has climbed to 14,032. Of this, 5,279 are active as 8,726 people have been discharged, three migrated to other states and 24 died.

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