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MUMBAI SEES 29% DECLINE IN ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES

Preeti Sompura

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A total of 706 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Mumbai, taking its overall count to 2,59,114. Also, 30 people succumbed to the infection, and with that, the city’s death toll climbed to 10,305. Active positive cases have fallen by 29% in Mumbai. Maharashtra reported a spike of 5,369 Covid-19 cases on Sunday. With this, the state has recorded 16,83,775 cases so far. Also, with 113 deaths in a single day, the number of deaths in Maharashtra now stands at 44,024. 

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the number of sealed buildings have reduced by 30% and containment zones have reduced by 13 %. The rate of infection (Ro) has fallen down steeply from 1.06% to 0.41%. The doubling rate for BMC has climbed from 66 days to 171 days. The death rate for the month of October has been 2.5% and the cumulative death rate has fallen from 4.4% to 3.9%.

The vacant Covid beds’ availability has risen from 4986 beds to 7817 beds. The number of vacant ICU beds availability has risen from 225 beds to 561 beds now. Against average daily testing of around 6500 in August, the average daily testing has been around 14000-16000 (mostly RT-PCR only). The discharge of patients has climbed from 82% to 89%. The number of critical patients in hospitals has dropped by 24 %.

Team-MCGM firmly believes that the above staggering and encouraging figures are as a result of ‘My Family My Responsibility’ campaign by MCGM from 15 September 2020 onwards. MCGM Health Survey teams visited 34.9 lakh families of Mumbaikars twice during this period out of 35.2 lakh families in Mumbai to physically check their health status and create awareness about wearing masks/ physical distancing/ sanitiser use. The city was painted with 738 mega commercial hoardings with campaign slogans(All hoardings offered free of cost by advertisement companies).3100 BEST buses were wrapped with ‘No Mask, No Entry’ stickers.

About 1,750 bus shelters were covered with ‘No Mask, No Entry’ slogans. Twenty lakh stickers with ‘No Mask, No Entry’ slogans were pasted in shops, office premises, etc. Over 1.5 lakh citizens were fined for not wearing masks/spitting and another five lakh citizens would be fined this month, if found without masks or spitting in public space, to create mass awareness for benefits of wearing masks. From Wednesday, 244 free testing centres have become operational, which are spread all across Mumbai.

Still in Mumbai, Malad West, Malvani, Dindoshi and Borivali have the highest number of Covid cases. BMC has started door to door screening of Mumbaikars.

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): A day after Union Minister Giriraj Singh advised the people of Bihar’s Begusarai to “beat up officials with bamboo sticks” for appearing insensitive to their concerns, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Sunday condemned the “controversial” statement saying that it may create Law and order problem.
Speaking to ANI, BSP national spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria questioned the central government’s leadership for “not taking action against Singh.”
“Giriraj Singh has been making controversial statements in the past as well. This time he is making such a statement that becomes a law and order problem. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader is the minister who has taken the oath of the Constitution and has been giving statements like this,” he said.
“Why central leadership is not taking action against him. If they do not take action, then this kind of tendency will be promoted, which will lead to law and order situation in the country,” he added.
Giriraj Singh, Union Minister Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying had on Saturday advised the people of Begusarai, his Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar to “beat up with bamboo sticks” those officials who appeared insensitive to their concerns.
“If someone (any government official) doesn’t listen to your grievances, hit them with a bamboo stick. Neither we ask them to do any illegitimate job, nor will we tolerate illegitimate ‘nanga nritya’ by any official,” Singh said while addressing a public gathering in Begusarai. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): The number of COVID-19 cases in the country saw a slight increase in the last 24 hours with 18,711 new cases, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Sunday.
As many as 100 deaths were also reported, taking the death toll to 1,57,756.
The total number of positive cases in the country now stands at 1,12,10,799, including 1,84,523 active cases and 1,08,68,520 recoveries.
India is currently in the midst of the second phase of the vaccination drive, with as many as 2,09,22,344 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines administered so far.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 22,14,30,507 COVID-19 tests have been reported so far, including 7,37,830 in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra continued to be one of the worst affected states with 10,187 new COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths in the last 24 hours.
According to the state department, the total positive cases in the state now stand at 22,08,586, including 92,897 active cases and 52,440 deaths. 20,62,031 patients have recovered so far in the state.
In Kerala, another badly affected state by the pandemic, there are currently 42,819 active cases. As many as 10,75,227 positive cases have been reported.
So far, 10,27,826 recoveries and 4,287 deaths have been reported, the state health department informed. (ANI)

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Ladakh [India], March 7 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Ladakh on Sunday, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
NCS in a tweet said that the earthquake occurred at 9:57 am.
“Earthquake of Magnitude:3.7, Occurred on 07-03-2021, 09:57:00 IST, Lat: 34.04 & Long: 79.37, Depth: 10 Km, Location: Ladakh, India,” NCS tweeted.
Earlier in the day, an earthquake of magnitude 2.9 on the Richter scale hit Jammu and Kashmir at 4:40 am. (ANI)

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The Prime Minister is also addressing Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and will also give awards to stakeholders by recognising their excellent work.
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda was also present on the occasion.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’s initiative endeavours to provide quality medicines at an affordable price. The number of stores under the scheme has grown to 7499, with all districts of the country covered. Sales in the financial year 2020-21 (up to March 4, 2021) led to total savings of approximately Rs. 3600 crore for common citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50 per cent to 90 per cent than the corresponding market rates.

In order to create more awareness about Janaushadhi, an entire week from March 1-7 is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Week’ across the nation, with the theme of ‘Jan Aushadhi – Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi’. The last day of the week- March 7 is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’. (ANI)

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 7 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari, who is contesting against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram seat in the upcoming Assembly polls on Saturday said the state will turn into Kashmir if Trinamool Congress (TMC) comes back to power.
Addressing a public meeting in Behala yesterday, Adhikari said, “If Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was not there, this country would have been an Islamic country and we would be living in Bangladesh. If they (TMC) came back to power, West Bengal will become Kashmir.”
“Nandigram is not a challenge for me. I am going to Nandigram to defeat her (Mamata Banerjee) and send her back to Kolkata. I thank the national party leadership for the responsibility given to me. I will work to make lotus bloom in Nandigram and across West Bengal. She (Mamata Banerjee) is going to lose this election (in Nandigram) by over 50,000 votes,” added Adhikari.
The BJP on Saturday fielded Adhikari from Nandigram against TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, setting the stage for a high-profile contest from the seat in the state assembly elections.
Adhikari’s name figured in the BJP’s first list of 57 candidates for the March-April assembly elections, out of which six are women and one seat ( Baghmundi) has been given to the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU).
TMC had on Friday released its list of 291 candidates with Mamata Banerjee announcing that she will be contesting from Nandigram.
Banerjee, who has been representing Bhawanipur, had earlier announced that she will contest from Nandigram.
Adhikari, a former minister in the Trinamool Congress government, had joined the BJP in December last year. He had earlier said that BJP will defeat Mamata Banerjee by over 50,000 votes from Nandigram.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes in the state will take place on May 2. (ANI)

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 7 (ANI): With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to address his first rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, after the announcement of the West Bengal Assembly poll schedule, security has been tightened across the city.
More than 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes. Drone cameras will also be used to monitor the venue. The rally is expected to be attended by at least 7 lakh people, sources said.
At the rally, the Prime Minister will seek support for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in the fray for the 294 member Legislative Assembly.
Along with the main stage which is 72-feet long, two other stages have been set up, one for Tollywood actors and another for important personalities present at the rally. The two stages are 48-feet length, 24-feet width and 7-feet height.
Special Protection Group and Kolkata Police have deployed special units for the security of the rally.
Three main barricades have been strategically placed toward the main stage for security purpose. Barricades and a helipad has been created at the Race Course near the Brigade Ground.
Bharatiya Janata Party has installed LED screens at the ground for the convenience of the people.
Just a week ago, Left-Congress-Indian Secular Front (ISF) alliance organised a massive public meeting at the Brigade Parade Ground which witnessed the presence of lakhs of supporters.
West Bengal will witness Assembly election in eight phases starting from March 27 and polling for the last phase will take place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
After winning 3 seats in the 2016 Assembly election in West Bengal, the BJP made deep inroads in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and reducing TMC’s tally to 22. Out of the total 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, Congress won two seats, the Left drew a blank. (ANI)

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