At 10.9%, positivity rate shoots up in city
Mumbai Despite the number of tests dropping on Sunday, Maharashtra continued to report a spike in Covid cases with the state clocking 1,494 fresh infections and one death. The city also reported an upward tick with 961 cases and one death on Sunday.
On Sunday, 25,994 tests were conducted in the state, against the 31,083 conducted on Saturday, 26,285 tests on Friday, and 26,548 tests on Thursday. This means the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in Maharashtra went up to 5.7% for Sunday from 4.3% the previous day, while in Mumbai it shot up to 10.9% from 8.33%.
Similarly, the number of tests conducted in Mumbai also dropped to 8,778 on Sunday, from 10,257 on Saturday, 9,896 on Friday. The number of active cases have also gone up to 6,767 in Maharashtra, of which 4,880 are from Mumbai.
“Despite the increase in cases, schools are scheduled to reopen from June 15,” Varsha Gaikwad, minister for education, said on Sunday. “A standard operating procedure will be decided for schools and classes will begin as scheduled. A decision on whether to make masks compulsory will be taken soon.”
The highest cases in the state were reported in Mumbai, followed by 108 in Thane, 99 in Navi Mumbai and 63 in Pune.
The state on Friday directed all municipal commissioners and district collectors to increase testing in their jurisdiction, especially in case of clusters of cases, and to increase contact tracing.
A senior civic official from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, “The number of tests tends to be on the lower side on weekends. We are ramping up testing now.”
Of the 961 cases reported in Mumbai, 917, or 95% patients were asymptomatic, and 44 needed hospitalisation, while four needed oxygen beds. The bed occupancy in the city is at 0.74% out of 24,579 beds.
Six police officers from Karnataka have bagged medals this year as the union home ministry on Friday announced awards nationwide for over 150 police personnel for setting an inspiring example and answering the call to duty. Karnataka Lokayukta SP K Lakshmi Ganesh - who played a major role in unearthing illegal migrant documents nexus in the state -is among those who have won accolades.
The Enforcement Directorate on Friday said it has conducted searches at various premises of a private company in Bengaluru and froze assets worth Rs 370 crore. According to ED, a large amount of funds to the tune of Rs 370 crore were deposited by 23 entities including accused NBFCs and their fintech companies into the INR wallets of Yellow Tune Technologies held with crypto exchange Flipvolt Technologies Private Limited. The company's promoters went untraceable.
India], August 13 (ANI): Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Friday urged people to take a pledge for organ donation on the occasion of World Organ Donation Day. "During this Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav, pledge to donate your organs which could be "Amrit" for someone's life," Sudhakar said while addressing a press conference. The Health Minister recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat address, in which he appealed to people to donate organs.
The National Dairy Development Board has decided to work with the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, to take the research to the farmers, said chairman of the NDDB, Meenesh Shah. “We have decided to work jointly and take the research work further so that farmers can avail the benefits,” said Shah speaking at a programme organised to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of the Model Dairy Plant of the NDRI.
As a part of 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign, hoisting a Tricolour has become a movement in J&K with several remote areas actively participating in the campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon all citizens to turn the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign into a mass movement to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's independence. According to a J&K government spokesperson, from Kathua to Kupwara, people of J&K, particularly children, are organising rallies.