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Maharashtra: Real Corona horror may unfold in next 10 days

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In a grim prediction, the Maharashtra government has indicated that the real horrors of Covid-19 may unfold in the next 10 days with a steep spike in ‘active cases’ in the worst-hit state in the country, here on Wednesday.

While Pune currently has an ‘active case’ load of 117,251, Mumbai follows next with 82,671 ‘active cases’.

These figures are likely to shoot up drastically – 185,162 in Pune and 146,065 in Mumbai ‘active cases’, respectively – by May 2, as per a projection made by the State Public Health Department.

Next on the list are: Thane with 80,440 ‘active cases’ currently (projected – 122,476) and Nagpur with 78,484 ‘active cases’ (estimated 1,23,680).

This is expected to put severe strain on the overall health infrastructure in these four worst ‘hotspots’ – but with the exception of Mumbai – Pune, Thane and Nagpur would face a massive scarcity of even basic isolation beds in quarantine centres.

At that time, Mumbai is expected to have a small surplus (+3,837) isolation beds, but there will be a huge shortage of isolation beds in Pune (-34,528), Nagpur (-32,364) and Thane (-19,821).

This could mean many ‘active cases’ forced to remain at home or experience delays in admission till isolation beds are available, posing risks to the patients and others, said an official.

However, all four cities shall witness big shortages of other essentials like oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilators even as a serious situation is building up over the next fortnight.

Mumbai will run short of oxygen beds (-6,433), ICU beds ((-1,477) and ventilators (-121), Pune will have a shortage of oxygen beds (-13,118), ICU beds (-2,240) and ventilators (-598).

Similarly, in Thane the status of oxygen beds would be (-4,949), ICU beds (-1,267) and ventilators (-432), and Nagpur the situation of oxygen beds will be (-32,364), ICU beds (-10,476) and ventilators (-520).

With the number of ‘active cases’ set to spike hugely in the other 32 districts also, the availability of these infrastructure would be severely inadequate around the state.

Barring Mumbai, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Solapur, Jalgaon and Amravati, the remaining 29 districts will not have sufficient isolation beds for ‘active cases’.

Regarding the status of oxygen beds, except Palghar, Sangli, Kolhapur, Jalgaon, Amravati, Akola, Buldhana and Gadchiroli, patients in the remaining 28 districts could be left gasping due to insufficient oxygen supply.

As far as ICU beds are concerned, 25 districts barring Ratnagiri, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Jalgaon, Nanded, Amravati, Akola, Washim and Buldhana, will complain of short supply of ICU beds.

The scenario could be equally horrendous on the last-stage of treatment on ventilators – only Palghar, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Amravati, Akola, Washim, Buldhana, Yavatmal and Gadchiroli would have adequate numbers – but the remaining 18 districts patients could face huge problems without sufficient number of ventilators, too.

On the present case-load, only 14 districts have spare isolation beds, but in the remaining 22 districts, the demand ranges between 60 per cent and 180 per cent of the existing capacity.

Based on the death rate registered till date, districts of Buldhana, Akola, Nandurbar, Jalgaon and Nanded shall be on “watch” over the next few days, as per the government estimates.

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NCB mumbai seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone & cash worth Rs.18 lakh on July 29th, Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on

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NCB Mumbai in its continuous fight against Drug Suppliers and Peddlers in Mumbai had launched 02 operations in various places of Mumbai and seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) along with cash worth Rs. 18,00,000/- on 29th July and intercepted 03 persons including 01 lady. Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on.

On specific information, a team of NCB Mumbai raided Chawl at Amina Nagar, Idgah Maidan, Meghwadi, Jogeshwari East and intercepted one person named Abrar Khan & seized 80 grams of Mephedrone with Cash worth Rs. 18 lakh from his house search on 28th July. He was supposed to deliver MD drugs to someone at near his residence at Jogeshwari East. On personal search a packet containing MD drugs of weight 80 gram was found. In the search of accused House cash worth Rs.18 lakhs was found. Further investigation is under process. Abrar Khan is a criminal in Meghwadi area having Police cases registered at Jogeswari Police station & Santacruz Police Station in the year 2006 & 2009 u/s 302, 324 and 326 of IPC. He uses minor children for drugs trafficking i.e. Ecstasy, Corex, Mephedrone, etc. at Meghwadi area. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 72/2021.

On reliable information, NCB Mumbai busted a drug cartel which was run at Three Star Hotel in Andheri (E), Mumbai and seized a total 103.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) on 28 July and intercepted one lady who was the peddler of the wanted suspect Jai Prakash Bhatt. In follow up operation on 29th July, NCB Mumbai intercepted one person named Rohan Pandey from Marol Naka. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused lady is engaged in drug distribution, consumption and other illegal activities. Further investigation is going on. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 73/2021.

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NCP slams BJP for ‘misleading’ on Maharashtra floods relief

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The Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre for ‘misleading’ the people that an aid of Rs 701 crore has been sanctioned for Maharashtra farmers as flood relief.

Referring to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s statement on Wednesday (July 28) in parliament that the aid amount was given to the state, NCP Chief Spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said the relief pertained to the floods of mid 2020.

“We want to clarify that the amount which the Union Minister mentioned was for the last year’s floods when the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had sought Rs 3,701-crore as relief, of which only Rs 701 crore has come, that too, after a year,” Tapase pointed out.

For the current flood crisis in the state the Centre has not given any relief to the farmers and the amount sanctioned now (Rs 701 crore) was for the previous year’s flood havoc, when Maharashtra had given a relief package of Rs 4,375 crore, he added.

“Currently, Maharashtra is carrying out the assessment of the exact losses suffered due to the floods last week. Then we shall send a comprehensive report to the Centre for assistance,” Tapase said.

Taking a swipe at the Centre, he said that it could have sanctioned an immediate ex-gratia relief amount for the Maharashtra farmers without waiting for the loss assessment report, as was done for Gujarat.

However, the Centre has not done this since this state currently has a MVA government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress, he stated.

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Shiv Sena hails Mamata Banerjee for probe panel on Pegagus snoopgate

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The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi ally Shiv Sena on Thursday lauded West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for setting up a commission of enquiry into the Pegasus snoopgate that has rocked India and other countries.

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre for not heeding the Opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate the spygate scam, the Shiv Sena termed Banerjee’s move as “right”.

In sharp edits in the party newspaper ‘Saamana’ and ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’, the Sena said that keeping an eye on ministers, Opposition, judiciary, journalists, lawyers and other citizens to encroach on their private lives was not only a shameless move but a crime.

“This entire matter is related to the country’s national security since only a handful of organisations like IB, RAW, CBI, ED, NCB, CBDC, etc., are involved in such acts. Now, if an Israeli agency like Pegasus enters the scene, then it can undermine the country’s security, but the Centre seems to be giving it a ‘national shelter’. The nation deserves to know the truth,” said the edit.

The Sena added that it was expected the Centre would take stringent action and set up a probe commission, but nothing has been done.

“Mamata Banerjee has become the first state to probe the spygate. Her move is right. It has jolted the Centre and will wake up others,” the Sena said.

Incidentally, just two days back, Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole and party MP Suresh Balubhau Dhanorkar made a strong demand to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to set up a commission of retired judges to probe the spyware scandal.

The edits pointed out how other countries like France have also announced a probe into the Pegasus scandal, but yet the Indian Government does not consider the matter as serious — “it appears a bit mysterious”.

Referring to the global expose of how more than 50,000 people around the world were being monitored, the Sena called upon all the countries affected to appoint probe commissions and help unravel the masterminds behind the snoopgate scam.

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