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.
* Update at 11.45pm: Total number of police personnel infected with Covid-19 is at 9,566, of which 7,534 have recovered and 1,929 are active cases. The death toll is at 103, Maharashtra Police

*The paper published in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed medical journal brought out by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said that countries with mandatory Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination showed “slower infection and death rates” during the first 30 days of the Covid-19 outbreak in their country.
* Update by ANI at 10.41am: The recoveries/deaths ratio is 96.84% : 3.16% now. Recovery rate among Covid-19 patients has increased to 65.44%, Government of India
* Update by ANI at 9.45am: India’s Covid tally crosses 17 lakh mark with 54,736 positive cases and 853 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total Covid-19 cases stand at 17,50,724 including 5,67,730 active cases, 11,45,630 cured/discharged/migrated & 37,364 deaths, Health Ministry
*The debate over the anti-tuberculosis vaccine’s ability to protect against Covid-19 got a fresh lease with a n American research paper stating that the BCG ‘slows down’ the infection’s spread within the community—at least in the first 30 days.
*The state reported 322 deaths on Saturday, its highest toll for a day so far, taking its total Covid-19 fatalities to 15,316 by breaching the 15,000 mark. Chandrapur, the only district so far in the state to not have had any Covid-19 deaths, reported its first casualty.
*The BMC plans to carry out a city-wide random testing for antibodies to the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. While the plan is still in its infancy, senior BMC officials hoped such a test—by determining how many citizens have been exposed to the virus or have antibodies—would help them plan unlocking strategies for the city.
*Kalyan-Dombivli became the first civic body in the MMR outside Mumbai to cross 20,000 cases, civic officials and doctors felt cases in the region could plateau by end of the month.

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