As part of Unlock 3.0, the state government has allowed opening of malls, shopping complexes and market places in non-containment zones from August 5. However, due to high number of Covid cases in Kalyan-Dombivli, Thane and Mira-Bhayander, their municipal bodies have decided to keep the shutters down. Stay with us for latest updates.
*The state will frame a standard operating procedure regarding gyms and a decision to reopen them will be taken soon, said public health minister Rajesh Tope. He said the issue will be brought before chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who will take the final call.
*The Maharashtra government is examining a proposal to allow international passengers the option of undergoing an RT-PCR test for Covid-19 at Mumbai airport on arrival, said sources.
*A day after a significant dip in cases, the state on Tuesday added 11,000 Covid-19 cases, taking the total caseload to 5,35,601. The state, however, reported a dip in deaths: it added 256, lowest in 14 days. With this, total fatalities in the state are 18,306. The state has reported over 1.13 lakh cases in 11 days in August, of which 10,940 cases are from Mumbai.
*Thirty-one ONGC staff, mainly engineers working at Neelam Complex offshore station, have tested Covid-19 positive. BMC officials said they were being treated at Raheja Hospital, Mahim. There is no clarity on how the staff contacted the virus and ONGC’s PRO refused to comment. Civic officials said ONGC got 90 of its staff at the complex tested after some of them were found to be symptomatic, and 31 of them tested positive.
*Covid-19 deaths occurring at private hospitals and nursing homes will be closely monitored by the civic body in a bid to reduce the city’s fatality rate (CFR) that continues to hover over 5.5%, much higher than the state’s average of 3.4% and the country’s 2%. The share of deaths in private set-ups that used to be around 10-15% seems to be going up.

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