The Maharashtra government announced extension of the general lockdown until July 31 with an aim to contain the Covid-19 surge. The notification issued by the state government has also restricted inter-district travel between municipal corporations within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to that for office purposes and essential activities like medical reasons.
* Update at 9.40am: India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 7 lakh-mark with 22,252 fresh infections, death toll rises to 20,160 with 467 more fatalities, reports PTI
*The Uddhav Thackeray-led government, which granted permission to hotels to resume operations (reported exclusively by TOI on Monday), is now set to allow reopening of 2.1 lakh restaurants that have been shut for more than three months. A final notification is expected in a week. A decision on permitting bars to open will be taken separately.
*In a bid to ramp up testing, civic authorities have decided to test high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients in institutional quarantine centres before discharging them. Testing criteria for high-risk contacts in home quarantine have also been eased and they can now get tested through self-declaration. The move comes following a warning from the central government to optimise testing facilities. The BMC has been conducting around 5,000 tests daily, which are half its total capacity.
*The city’s contribution to the state’s Covid-19 tests has been on a steady decline. From nearly 44% on May 31, the city’s share in tests conducted across the state slipped to under 35% on June 30. Many blame the stagnation of test for the plateauing of cases in the city.
*Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate via video conferencing four Covid health care centres at Mulund, Dahisar, Mahalaxmi Racecourse and Bandra-Kurla Compex (BKC), creating 3,520 additional beds, on Tuesday.
*Four months since the first Covid-19 case was reported in the state, Maharashtra on Monday recorded 5,368 fresh cases, a marginal dip compared to the daily increase seen in the last few days. With this, the state tally was 2,11,987 cases and with 204 deaths reported in the state, the toll touched 9,029, breaching the 9,000 mark.



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