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Maharashtra sees Covid-19 deaths, cases shoot up again

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine stood at 750,992, while the number of those in institutional quarantine was at 5,354.

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Mumbai: As Diwali celebrations ended, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 deaths and new cases again shot up on Wednesday, sparking fresh concerns among health authorities.

After remaining in double digits for three days, the daily toll was 100, taking the total deaths to 46,202, while the daily tally, at 5,011, shot above the 5,000 mark after nearly a week, taking the total to 17,57,520.

The state recovery rate continued to improve, from 92.64 percent to 92.75 percent – although the mortality rate remained stable at 2.63 per cent for a week now.

Another lot of 6,608 fully recovered patients returned home, taking the total to 16,30,111, against the 80,221 active cases currently.

Of the latest deaths, Pune led the state with 19, while there were 16 in Mumbai, eight each in Solapur and Nagpur, seven in Nashik, six in Bhandara, five each in Thane and Chandrapur, four in Satara, three each in Raigad, Jalgaon, Beed, and Yavatmal, two in Palghar, and one each in Nandurbar, Kolhapur, Sangli, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Buldhana, besides one outsider/foreigner.

Mumbai’s deaths, remaining in the sub-50 range for the 17th day this month, took its toll to 10,615, while at 871, the infections remained below the 1,000 mark for the fourth day, as the total to 271,531.

The Mumbai circle (MMR) recorded 26 new deaths, taking the toll to 18,395 and with another spike of 1,655 new infectees, the total cases zoomed to 609,646.

As Pune circle remained in the double-digit level with 31 fatalities, the death toll rose to 10,339 and the daily infections increased by 1,044 to 44,871 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine stood at 750,992, while the number of those in institutional quarantine was at 5,354.

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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13 labourers crushed to death by truck in Gujarat’s Surat district: Police

Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalised.
Further details are awaited.

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Surat (Gujarat) [India], January 19 : Thirteen people from Rajasthan were crushed to death after they were run over by a truck in Surat’s Kosamba late Monday night, police said.

All the deceased were labourers hailing from Banswada district in Rajasthan, police said.

During the time of the incident, the labourers were sleeping on a footpath.

“A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement where the labourers were sleeping,” CM Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kamrej Division, Surat said.

Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalised.
Further details are awaited. (ANI)

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Karnataka’s Covid vaccine recipient dies of heart stroke: Minister

The vaccination was launched in the southern state on January 16 with fanfare after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country from New Delhi through video-conferencing.

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Bengaluru: A recipient of Covid vaccine in Karnataka’s Ballari city died of heart stroke (myocardial infarction) and not due to the vaccine, said state Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Monday.

“The death of the 43-year-old vaccine beneficiary at Ballari was not due to vaccine but from heart stroke or myocardial infarction. He took the jab on Saturday (January 16) but had no side-effects since then. He was diabetic and had hypertension,” clarified Sudhakar in a statement in Kannada here.

Ballari is about 310km northwest of Bengaluru in the southern state.

The victim was a resident of Kamalapura and was working as a group-D worker in the state-run Sandur general hospital.

“Though doctors at the state-run Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences tried to revive the victim’s heart and gave emergency healthcare, he did not respond to the treatment. His autopsy report is awaited,” said Sudhakar, a medical doctor by profession.

“Though the victim worked for two days after taking the shot, he was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain earlier in the day,” a health department official said.

According to a statement by the health department, the cause of the worker’s death is due to anterior wall infarction with cardio-pulmonary failure.

ECG and ECHO reports also concluded that it was a death due to myocardial infarction.

“The AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) committee met following the worker’s death and took his history. After looking at his ECG and ECHO reports, they concluded that it was a death due to myocardial infarction,” said Ballari district health officer H.L.Janardhan.

The vaccination was launched in the southern state on January 16 with fanfare after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country from New Delhi through video-conferencing.

The state health department has decided to use Covishield in 24 of the 31 districts across the state and Covaxin in 6 districts, including Ballari under the emergency use situation.

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