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Covid cools in Maharashtra, but Mumbai region deaths still rising

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Maharashtra saw Covid-19 deaths and infections cool down with a sharp drop in both new infections and fatalities on Monday, although the Mumbai Metropolitan Region’s (MMR) deaths rose to 195, health officials said here.

Against 669 deaths on Sunday, the state toll dropped by 102 to 567, taking the total deaths to 70,861.

The number of new infections came below the 50,000 mark after a week, going down from 56,647 on Sunday to 48,621 on Monday, and the state tally rose to 47,71,022.

The Mumbai infections shot below 3,000 level, notching a drop from 3,629 to 2,624, while the city tally shot up to 658,621 till date. Daily deaths came down marginally, from 79 on Sunday to 78, and the total fatalities in the country’s commercial capital stood at 13,372 now.

For the second day, the state death rate remained stable at 1.49 per cent, while the number of active cases decreased to 656,870.

On the brighter side, 59,500 fully cured patients returned home – higher than the number of fresh infections – taking the total up to 40,41,158 now, but the recovery rate fell from 84.31 per cent on Sunday to 84.07 per cent now.

The Mumbai Circle – comprising Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts – recorded a massive drop in new cases from 9,700 to 6,680 now. The tally has shot up to 13,97,840, and with 195 more deaths, the toll is 23,817 now.

Of the new fatalities, Thane led with 83 deaths, while there were 78 in Mumbai, 48 in Ahmednagar, 47 in Satara, 31 in Kolhapur, 30 in Raigad, 29 in Solapur, 26 each in Nashik and Aurangabad, 20 in Sangli, 17 in Washim, 16 in Jalgaon, 13 each in Osmanabad and Nagpur, 11 each in Sindudurg and Latur, 10 each in Pune, Beed, and Nanded, nine in Chandrapur, seven each in Palghar, Amravati, and Yavatmal, four in Palghar, two in Akola, and one each in Hingoli and Wardha.

Six districts recorded zero fatalities.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home isolation decreased to 39,08,491 now, while those shunted to institutional quarantine went up to 28,593.

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Over 3.26L new Covid cases, 3,890 deaths in India in 24 hrs

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Witnessing a decline, India on Saturday reported 3,26,098 new Covid cases and 3,890 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

In the past 23 days India’s daily Covid tally has plateaued over the three-lakh-mark and over 3,000 casualties for 17 days.

On Wednesday, India recorded 4,205 fresh Covid deaths, the highest ever, while on May 7, the country had recorded its highest ever cases of 4,14,188.

India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,43,72,907 with 36,73,802 active cases and 2,66,207 deaths so far.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,53,299 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,04,32,898 being cured from Covid till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 18,04,57,579 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 11,03,625 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 31,30,17,193 samples have been tested up to May 14 for Covid-19. Of these 16,93,093 samples were tested on Friday.

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Jail warden in UP faces action for chaining nonagenarian

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The Yogi Adityanath government has suspended the Etah jail warden Ashok Yadav after a video showed a 90-year-old prisoner chained to a hospital bed in the jail.

A departmental inquiry has also been ordered against him.

A photograph of the old man, who had been hospitalized after he complained of respiratory problem, had gone viral earlier in the day.

DG jails, Anand Kumar had sought a report from the supervisory officer.

Giving information about the action on the Twitter handle of DG prisons, Kumar said that no officer or employee will be spared.

The prisoner’s chains have been removed.

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Navneet Kalra denied anticipatory bail in O2 concentrator case

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A Delhi court on Thursday declined to grant anticipatory bail to businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the oxygen concentrator black marketing case registered by Delhi Police.

Additional sessions judge, Saket court, Sandeep Garg passed the order rejecting anticipatory bail to Kalra.

Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, representing Kalra, had argued that his client had only carried out a legitimate transaction of import and customs authorities were activated, and the customs was aware of the transaction. “The GST was deposited with the government. Invoices were given and returns were filed,” Pahwa had contended before the court.

However, according to the prosecution, Kalra, along with other co-accused, hatched a conspiracy to wrongfully make money by inducing the public to buy oxygen concentrators from him at an “exorbitant rate”. Delhi police had opposed his anticipatory bail plea stating that the investigation was at a very early stage, and it required Kalra’s custodial interrogation to unearth his relationship with other parties.

Kalra’s counsel had argued that all rules were complied and the transactions of sale were through banking channels. He further added that oxygen concentrators are not cosmetic, not luxury, instead it was used when somebody is medically unfit. “When selling through banking channels, where is the offence”, Kalra’s counsel had submitted.

The prosecution had argued that no anticipatory bail could be granted to “influential persons” who could tamper with evidence. The prosecution further argued Kalra made a lot of money by inducing the needy public to believe that his oxygen concentrators were premium, and also cited a report from Sri Ram laboratory, that the sample of oxygen concentrator was of poor quality.

Kalra’s counsel had pointed out that there was no MRP fixed by the government till date, therefore the prosecution assertion that the price at which his client sold oxygen concentrator was exorbitant, was not correct. “We could not find a single notification, which fixes the price of oxygen concentrators”, said Kalra’s counsel.

He further added that his client was being “framed” based on social media content and he was being made a scapegoat to divert attention from more pressing issues. “It is being deliberately done. A campaign is going on against me”, added Kalra’s counsel.

Police have also alleged that through social media posts, it has come to notice that Kalra had collected advance payments from several persons who required oxygen concentrators, but he kept postponing the supply and increased the price.

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