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Maharashtra: After 2 years, Ganeshotsav celebrations without Covid restrictions

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 In a significant move, the Maharashtra government has announced that this year’s upcoming festivals like Ganeshotsav, Janmashthami and Muharram shall be celebrated without any Covid-19 restrictions but by adhering to the Supreme Court and Bombay High Court directions.

The state’s biggest 10-day-long public festival Ganeshotsav will be celebrated from August 31-September 9, while Janmashthami revelries shall be held on August 18-19, and Muharram shall be observed from August 9.

Maharshtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made the much-anticipated announcements after a meeting with the government departments, civic bodies, representatives of various organisations, police and other bodies.

Shinde said that the Covid-19 curbs — enforced in 2020 and 2021 — have been lifted, as also the limits on the height of the Lord Ganesh idols.

The government has directed the concerned bodies to provide online approvals in a single-window format, waiving off registration fees and guarantee letters from the Ganeshotsav organisations.

The government will also form a committee of experts from various organisations to help evolve a solution that can replace idols made by Plaster of Paris (PoP) in view of the environmental hazards of PoP.

“For the past two years we were under the threat of Coronavirus and were not able to celebrate the festivals with enthusiasm. This year, Ganeshotsav and Janmashthami shall be celebrated with full fervour. The organisers should create themes of social awareness and amity,” said Shinde.

Shinde and Fadnavis also said that while celebrating the fests, all rules must be followed, but the regulations must not be ‘unreasonable’, and all districts will appoint a nodal officer to oversee the celebrations.

For the popular ‘dahi-handi’ celebrations on the second day of Janmashthami, the government has said all organisations must obey the court’s rules barring the participation of children below age 14.

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New Room will be given for Surgarical Department: Sir JJ Hospital Mumbai

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MUMBAI: The surgery department at the state-run JJ Hospital and Grant Medical College is undergoing a huge overhaul. Three of the operation theatres will be converted into modular ones, with 34 additional beds for recovering patients which will allow them to reduce the waiting list of patients awaiting surgeries by half. This plan also includes a state-of-the-art audio-visual (AV) room where surgeries in the OTs can be transmitted live for students to watch.
The state government has released funds of more than ₹30 crores for this overhaul. Work on all these units is underway, and they are expected to be operational in the next six to eight months. Three of the existing modular OTs were set up with funds received under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in 2008.

“Three of the six OTs of our department are already modular. Now, we will be integrating the other three as modular OTs. Both the surgical ICU (SICU) and recovery rooms will have 17 beds each,” said the head of the surgery Dr Ajay Bhandarwar.

Once the patients have undergone surgeries, they can be shifted to the SICU or the recovery room based on how severe their condition is, he added.

Currently, the department only has access to two beds in the critical care unit where other critical patients from super speciality and other departments of the hospital are also admitted during recovery.

“Since there aren’t enough beds for recuperating patients for post-operative care, many surgeries need to be delayed. The wait for elective surgeries can be as long as one month because of this. The new infrastructure would help us cut down this wait to one or two weeks,” said the associate professor in the department Dr Amol Wagh.

The number of resident doctors posted in the surgery department has increased from 27 to 32 this year. These additional residents can easily be posted in the SICU where they can learn critical care management, which is an essential part of their post-graduate studies, said Dr Bhandarwar. These new OTs as well as the existing ones would also be equipped with fibre optic cabling, which would connect them directly to the AV room. “Due to fear of infection, we usually don’t allow too many people in the OTs during an operation. The surgeries being conducted here can be transmitted to the OTs as well as other teaching hospitals which have the necessary infrastructure,” said Dr Bhandarwar.

Dr Wagh said the department can conduct around ten elective surgeries, over and above the emergency surgeries every day. Some of these are day surgeries in which the patients can be discharged on the same day, but in most cases, they require post-operative care. With more room for recovering patients, there would be a chance to conduct more surgeries as well.

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India’s daily Covid tally declines to 1,968

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 India’s daily Covid infection tally has declined to 1,968 in the last 24 hours as against 3,011 cases reported on the previous day, said the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday

In the same period, the country has recorded 15 more Covid related deaths, taking the national fatalities tally to 5,28,716 as per the report.

The active caseload presently stands at 34,598 accounting for 0.08 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 3,481 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,36,152. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.74 per cent.

India’s daily positivity rate has been reported to be 0.94 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.29 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 2,09,801 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.59 crore.

As of Tuesday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 218.80 crore.

Over 4.10 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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Covid Update For Mumbai: 102 New Covid Cases , 1 Fatality, 699 Active Tally

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Mumbai on Sunday recorded 102 new cases of COVID-19 and one casualty that raised the tally of infections to 11,50,480 and toll to 19,733, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. The count of recoveries reached 11,30,048, after 107 patients recovered from the infection, leaving the city with 699 active cases, the official said.

As per the data provided by the civic body, a total of 1,83,22,248 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the city so far, including 6,715 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

The recovery rate in the city stands at 98.2 per cent and the overall growth rate between September 25 and Oct 1 was 0.008 per cent, while the doubling rate of infections is 8,427 days, it stated.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Sunday reported 379 COVID-19 cases and one death, which took the state’s tally to 81,22,252 and the toll to 1,48,347, a health official said.

The recovery count rose by 496 in the past 24 hours to touch 79,70,989, leaving the state with an active caseload of 2,916, he said. The recovery rate was 98.14 per cent and the fatality rate was 1.82 per cent.

81,22,252 Total No. of cases in maharashtra
379 Total no. of cases reported in state in the last 24 hours
01 No. of deaths in state on sunday
496 patients Recovered and discharged in state on sunday.

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