Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 1,638 new coronavirus positive cases and 49 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 65,94,820 and the toll to 1,39,865, while 2,791 patients recovered, a health department official said.
One person died while another was injured after the two fell into a manhole at Fort, near the Bombay high court building, on Saturday afternoon. The two labourers were working on fixing a new water pipeline.
Artiste Virendra Ganvir was the organizer of the recently-concluded Buddhist Theatre Festival in Nagpur and founder of Bahujan Rangbhoomi which stages plays on social issues with a strong Buddhist theme.
In a span of three hours on November 27, 22 customers of a nationalised bank who had their accounts in the Goregaon (west) branch were duped of a total of Rs2.24 lakh by a fraudster who withdrew money from the ATM without them sharing any details.
In the first chargesheet submitted against former city police chief Param Bir Singh before Esplanade court, the crime branch on Saturday alleged that from statements of witnesses, it has been established that he was the Number 1 at whose behest dismissed API Sachin Waze was extorting money from bookies and hotel and bar owners.
The last week has seen over 100% surge in weekly vaccination in comparison to the beginning of November, with some private vaccination sites also reporting a spike in daily footfall and increased demand for Sputnik and Covishield.
The daily count of Covid-19 cases registered a slight increase in Maharashtra and Mumbai as testing numbers increased with the surveillance programme for the Omicron variant being ramped up on orders of the state authorities.
Based on the countries they have flown in from, passengers arriving at the airport are now segregated for further testing, keeping in line with the latest central government norms issued to track the Omicron variant.
A merchant navy engineer has tested positive for the Omicrin variant of Covid-19 in Dombivli. The reports of other Omicron suspects from Mumbai could be available in a day or two from the gene sequencing laboratory at Kasturba Hospital, near Chinchpokli, said AMC Suresh Kakani.
On paper, BJPs MLC candidate (local bodies constituency) Chandrashekhar Bawankule seems be in a stronger position with 60-odd surplus voters, but still the saffron party is planning to whisk its public representatives in local bodies to a safe and secure resort till the polling date.
The state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) arrested a traffic constable of the city police on the charge of demanding and accepting bribe of Rs5,000 from the manager of a private bus operator at Kawadipath toll plaza on the Pune-Solapur highway on Saturday afternoon.
A total of 770 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, which pushed the total number of recoveries in Maharashtra to 64,86,105, leaving the state with 7,129 active cases. The recovery rate now stands at 97.71 per cent.
In view of global concerns over the Omicron variant, Maharashtra has mandated seven-day institutional quarantine for travellers arriving in the state from 'at-risk' countries, under the guidelines issued by the State Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday night.
Local residents led by the BJP have alleged that four months after the state government announced a stay on the Rs 15-crore Malad skywalk, the BMC was still carrying out the work as no written stay orders were issued to the civic body. However, Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray said that the BMC was only removing the barricades and no work was being carried out at the site.
The Centre has written to the state police seeking transfer of three to five cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to the NCB. The letter follows Union home minister Amit Shahs recent suggestion that drug trafficking cases from different regions with inter-state/ international ramifications where the main accused or the networks were suspected of operating outside their jurisdictionsbe handed over to the central agency to unearth the entire network.
Research labs in Maharashtra have started prioritising positive samples of Covid-infected patients without travel history with less than 25 cycle threshold (CT) value for genome sequencing to rule out the presence of Omicron in the community, the latest variant of concern of SARS-CoV-2.