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Mumbai ‘dabbawalas’ suspend tiffin services till March 31

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In a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Mumbai’s famed dabbawalas have suspended their tiffin courier services from March 20-31, an official spokesperson said here on Thursday.

“Adhering to the directives of the state government to avoid spreading the coronavirus, we have decided to suspend our services from tomorrow (March 20) till March 31. We plan to resume operations from April 1,” said Mumbai Dabbawalas Association spokesperson Subhash Talekar.

There are around 5,000 dabbawalas who ferry over 2,00,000 lunch boxes to and from homes-offices to lakhs of office-goers and students in what has become a globally renowned efficient service.

This is a rare voluntary suspension of service by the dabbawalas who work round-the-year ferrying tiffins around Mumbai, barring an annual 10-day pilgrimage break.

Maharashtra has currently touched 49 COVID-19 positive cases in the state, plus one who succumbed to the viral disease this week.

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Mumbai reports 10,661 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

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Continuing the alarming surge in Mumbai, 10,661 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday while 11 patients succumbed to the lethal virus, officials said.On Friday, Maharashtra had reported 43,211 new Covid-19 cases with 11,317 infections being registered in the financial capital.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the Centre should think about enforcing mandatory Covid-19 vaccination to tide over hesitancy among a segment of people.

The state has reported 238 new cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus, raising their overall count to 1,605, a health department official said. Maharashtra’s positivity rate is 21.13 per cent, the official said.

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Unabated cold wave continues in J&K, Ladakh

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Intense cold wave continued in J&K and Ladakh on Saturday as morning fog covered most parts of Jammu city and its adjoining areas.

An official of the Indian Meteorological department (IMD) said cold wave continued in J&K and Ladakh on Saturday as morning fog added to the chilly conditions in Jammu city and its adjoining areas.

Srinagar recorded minus 4.5 degree Celsius, Pahalgam minus 11.4 and Gulmarg minus 9.5 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Saturday.

In the Ladakh region, Drass town registered 27.6, Leh minus 16.3 and Kargil minus 18.6 as the minimum.

Jammu recorded 7.7, Katra 5.0, Batote 1.5, Banihal 0.8 and Bhaderwah minus 2.1 as the night’s lowest temperature.

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India Records 2.47 Lakh New Covid Cases In Big Jump, Positivity Up To 13%

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In another significant spike, India recorded 247,417 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the cumulative nationwide tally to 36,317,927, the Union health ministry’s data, updated at 8am on Thursday, showed. Major contributors included Maharashtra (46,723), Delhi (27,561), West Bengal (22,155), Karnataka (21,390), among others.

Also, the number of active patients crossed the 1 million-mark once again, rising by a massive 162,212 cases to 1,117,531, the bulletin showed. On the other hand, as many as 84,825 more people were discharged after recovering from the viral illness, taking total recoveries to 34,715,361. Daily fatalities, meanwhile, witnessed a fall, as 380 more patients succumbed due to the infection, taking the cumulative toll to 485,035

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