As the Central and state governments allow phase-wise relaxation in curbs to get the life up and running again following over two months of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we bring you the latest updates from Mumbai.
* Update at 12.20pm: An assistant sub-inspector, attached to south Mumbai’s Marine Drive police station, is the 50th policeman in Maharashtra to have died due to Covid19. With the death of Suryakant Jadhav (55), the number of city police personnel deaths has gone upto 34 during the pandemic. He had no previous ailment. Jadhav was undergoing treatment for coronavirus at Bandra’s Guru Nanak Hospital.
* Update at 11.00am: We’ve decided to celebrate Ganeshotsav in a simple way this year, as per instructions given by authorities. This year, the idol will be just 4 ft tall, which will be immersed in an artificial pond: ANI quotes Swapnil Parab, secy, Mumbaicha Raja Mandal of Ganesh Gully, Lalbaug.
* Update at 9.40am: India’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 14,011, cases climb to 4,40,215 with single-day spike of 312 fatalities and 14,933 new infections: Union health ministry
*Mumbai is finally shedding its image as the epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic in the state. Make no mistake, the city continues to add over 1,000 cases daily, but it has seen a plateauing in the growth rate while other urban centres are experiencing a surge.
*From among the first few wards that had crossed 1,000 Covid-19 cases and reported over 100 deaths to recording the city’s lowest case growth rate—at 0.9%— and the highest case doubling rate of 79 days, H-East ward, where chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence is located in Bandra (East), has managed a sharp turnaround in the last 30 days. Mumbai’s case doubling rate is 37 days.
*Around 3.3 lakh employees’ provident fund (EPF) subscribers in the Mumbai region have tapped their accounts since the lockdown was announced in March-end to withdraw nearly Rs 1,360 crore under a special ‘Covid-19’ category created to meet financial exigencies generated due to the pandemic.
*Targeting asymptomatic patients occupying hospital beds instead of staying in home/institutional quarantine, civic chief I S Chahal has asked ward officers to check nursing homes/hospitals to ensure only needy and serious patients are being treated.
*There is almost no respite in Covid-19 infections in the state as it added, on Monday, 3,721 cases, taking its tally to 1,35,796. Maharashtra has been reporting 3,000-plus cases daily for the past six days now. This is despite the state claiming weekly growth rate of cases has dipped to 3%.

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