Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
Update at 9.45am: India registers highest single-day spike of 8,380 COVID-19 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164
*Pawar meets CM on easing lockdown, decision today after talks with sr babus
An hour after the Centre issued fresh guidelines on Saturday for ‘unlocking’, Sharad Pawar met CM Uddhav Thackeray at Varsha, the CM’s official residence at Malabar Hill, to discuss the way ahead for Maharashtra, especially hotspots Mumbai and Pune. According to reports, Pawar told the CM the state government should be liberal in reopening shops and other establishments after Sunday, when Lockdown 4.0 ends, while Thackeray appeared to be in favour of a conservative approach.
* Maharashtra records 99 deaths; Covid count crosses 65k with nearly 3k new cases
Maharashtra’s daily tally approached close to the 3,000 mark on Saturday as 2,940 cases were recorded, the joint second highest count for a day, along with 99 deaths —the third highest single-day addition to the toll so far.
* 700 docs join BMC’s corona war, 3,000 more eager to participate
Responding to the BMC’s call to help manage its Covid centres, more than 700 medical practitioners, including Ayurvedic doctors, have come forward to join the civic body on a contractual basis since April. The BMC has a list of over 3,000 doctors who have shown willingness to join Covid duty, said a high-ranking civic official on Saturday.
* After Cooper, KEM, Nair call in med students for Covid duty
A day after Cooper Hospital issued a circular asking third- and fourth-year medical students to return to campus for Covid-19 duty, colleges attached to KEM and Nair Hospitals too released similar instructions to their students. However, both the colleges have made the decision voluntary. Students volunteering for Covid-19 duty have been promised an incentive of Rs 30,000 per month and also have been told the duty period will be deducted from their bond service.
* Covid +ve docs still working at Matheran hosp
The shortage of doctors and nurses in the state is so acute that Matheran municipal council’s BJ Hospital has told its Covid-positive staff to continue working instead of quarantining them. The hospital has told a 32-yearold ayurvedic doctor to treat patients after wearing protective gear. One of the two doctors tested positive on Friday and 10 staff, who had to be quarantined, are on duty. It is learnt that a person who travelled to his Matheran residence from Mumbai tested positive.

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