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Maharashtra notches 213 Covid deaths, Mumbai cases fall below 1K



Maharashtra notched 213 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday while Mumbai’s tally of fresh cases fell below the 1,000-mark, providing some relief, health officials said here.

Tuesday’s tally of new cases at 6,741 was down from a peak of 8,139 (July 11), but increased by 244 compared to Monday’s 6,497.

The number of fatalities in the state again went above the 200-mark from the July lowest of 125 to 213 on Tuesday, though considerably lower than the previous record toll of 295 notched on July 4.

With the fresh fatalities, the state’s death toll went up to 10,695 while the total cases touched 267,665, both highest in the country.

According to Tuesday’s figures, one death was recorded in roughly every 7 minutes and a staggering 281 new cases every hour in the state.

The recovery rate in the western state increased marginally from 55.38 per cent a day earlier to 55.67 per cent on Tuesday, while the mortality (death) rate stood at 4 per cent.

The Health Department said that of the total cases till date, 107,665 are active cases, which is lower vis-a-vis the number of patients cured, indicating a positive sign.

On the positive side, 4,500 cured patients returned home on Tuesday, taking the total number discharges to 149,007, considerably higher than the 107,665 active cases in the state.

In the most cheerful news, a 100-year retired schoolteacher, Arjun G. Naringrekar, taught a ‘lesson’ to coronavirus and returned home to Kandivali suburb after celebrating his birthday with doctors, nurses and other care-givers outside the BMC’s HinduHridaySamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Hospital in Jogeshwari on Tuesday evening.

Of the 213 fatalities, Mumbai alone accounted for 70 deaths, taking the city’s toll to 5,405, while the number of corona cases increased touched 95,100 on Tuesday.

Besides, Thane recorded 64 fatalities, followed Pune (25), Palghar and Jalgaon (8 each), Nashik and Solapur (6 each), Ahmednagar and Aurangabad (4 each), Raigad and Nanded (3 each), Ratnagiri, Latur and Parbhani (2 each), and Satara, Sangli, Akola, Buldhana, Bhandara and Nagpur (1 each).

The MMR (Thane Division) remains on the edge as deaths spiral and cases pile up, with the current toll at 7,543 and a staggering 2,893 new patients, pushing up the number of cases to 179,760 on Tuesday.

Thane cases have touched 65,324 with 1,769 fatalities to emerge as the second worst-hit district after Mumbai in the state.

Pune district continues to zoom ahead by notching 42,092 cases, with the death toll increasing from 1,127 a day earlier to 1,152 on Tuesday.

The Pune Division’s (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) death toll reached 1,578 with 48,425 patients, but remains far behind MMR and Thane district.

The next major region of concern is Nashik Division with 782 fatalities and 16,890 positive cases, followed by Aurangabad Division with 401 deaths and 10,314 cases, and Akola Division with 168 fatalities and 3,958 cases.

Next on the list is Kolhapur Division, which has notched 76 deaths and 3,148 patients, Latur Division had 86 fatalities and 2,048 cases, and Nagpur Division recorded 30 deaths and 2,912 cases.

All the eight divisions in the state recorded fatalities on Tuesday, but only Chandrapur (out of total 36) remains a zero Covid death district, though all have notched fresh cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased from 687,353 earlier to 698,854 now, while those in institutional quarantine went up from 41,660 to 42,350 on Tuesday.


7 die in Andhra Pradesh Covid care centre fire



7 die in Andhra Covid care centre fire.

In a shocking incident, seven persons were killed in a fire that broke out at a paid Covid Care Centre run from a hotel by a private hospital here early Sunday morning, officials said.

Officials earlier said three persons had died in the mishap, while four others were shifted to a hospital. With four more casualties, the death toll had increased to seven at the time of filing of the report. The victims included two women.

Police officials did not rule out more casualties in the early morning fire as the condition of two of the centre’s staff, who jumped from the first floor to escape, is said to be serious.

Around 50 persons, including 30 coronavirus patients, were reported to be present at the Covid treatment facility set up at Hotel Swarna Palace when the tragedy struck.

City Police Commissioner Srinivasa Rao said that the fire broke out around 5 am.

According to initial information, suffocation due to smoke emanating from the fire is said to have caused most casualties.

Firefighters were rushed to the spot who rescued the treatment centre’s inmates with the help of ladders and rushed them to nearby hospitals in 15 ambulances.

Preliminary investigation found that a short circuit was the likely cause of the fire that started on the ground floor of the building. It later spread to the first floor that had been converted into a Covid care centre.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock and sorrow over the incident and ordered an inquiry.

State Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, who represents Vijayawada West Assembly constituency, visited the spot and supervised rescue operations.

The Minister said the inquiry will look into whether it was an accident or failure on part of the hospital management.

Sunday’s fire accident is the latest in a series of mishaps to strike Andhra Pradesh in the last few months.

In May, a gas leak in Visakhapatnam at LG Polymers had left 12 persons dead. Recently, 12 persons had died after consuming sanitisers due to alcohol addiction.

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Unique police cafe opens in Muzaffarnagar



After setting up a washing line for police personnel in April this year, Muzaffarnagar SSP Abhishek Yadav has now opened a ‘police cafe’ in the district.

The cafe will serve healthy organic meals, fresh fruit juices, smoothies, ‘daliya’, ‘poha’ and food cooked in olive oil. The cafe also has a gym attached to it.

“Policemen need to follow a highly exhaustive schedule of duty that seldom gives them the opportunity to avail of a proper diet. Cases of hypertension, diabetes and stress are common among the UP police force. This facility is aimed at alleviating such health problems. Improper diet and lack of awareness for a healthy lifestyle were also the reasons behind opening such a unique cafe,” the SSP said.

The police department has hired trained chefs and deliverymen who will run the cafe along with police staff. Next to the cafe, a gym with all modern equipment was also ‘gifted’ to the cops.

The air-conditioned police cafe that has eye-catching interiors will also serve jaggery-added drinks – as using sugar in any product here is ‘banned’.

SSP Yadav said he had worked on the idea for nearly six months.

“This unique concept will be upgraded once we start getting more feedback. It may be then introduced to other police stations as well,” the SSP added.

The cafe will also deliver food orders to various city spots and will remain open till 9 pm.

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India records 64K+ cases in 1 day, tally now at 21,53,011



India, the third-worst COVID-hit country globally, recorded a single-day spike of 64,399 coronavirus cases, pushing its total tally to 21,53,011.

Out of the total 21,53,011 cases, 6,28,747 are active cases, 14,80,884 have recovered from the deadly virus while 43,379 people have died.

A total of 53,879 persons recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours, while, 861 others lost their lives while battling the virus in just one day.

The government has carried out a test of 7,19,364 samples in the last 24 hours to check the infection. The cumulative total samples tested up to August 8 are 2,41,06,535.

So far, total operational laboratories reporting to the Indian Council of Medical Research are 1,402. There are 940 government laboratories and 462 private labs.

Out of the total 1,402 laboratories, real-time RT-PCR for COVID-19 is being carried out in 713 labs.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in India with the total number of cases climbing to 4,90,262, however, the good news is that in the last 24 hours, the active cases went down by 723 and a total of 10,906 people recovered from the virus in the state.

Following Maharashtra is Tamil Nadu which has a total of 2,85,025 cases, however, the state reported 727 less cases in the last one day while 6,488 people recovered from the virus. The state has recorded 4,690 deaths so far including 119 which occurred in the last 24 hours.

Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana recorded their highest single-day spikes of 2,618, 2565, 2,488 cases and 1,151 cases, respectively.

On the global front, a total of 19,571,989 have been infected with the deadly virus while the deaths have climbed to 725,914 with 162,422 in the United States alone.

The United States and Brazil remained the worst-hit nations with a total tally of 49,97,705 and 30,12,412 cases, respectively. Brazil has recorded 100,477 deaths so far.

Mexico has the third highest death toll with a total of 52,006 deaths so far followed by United Kingdom which has recorded 46,651 deaths by Sunday.

In the United State’s New York state, a total of 32,768 people have died while 73,609 have recovered.

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