Maharashtra: Govt hospital nurses on 48-hr strike over pending demands

Amid the pandemic, medical facilities at government hospitals are likely to be hit in Maharashtra as nurses have gone on a 48-hour strike over various demands including promotion and COVID-19 allowances.

Around 1,300 nurses from Mumbai's JJ Hospital along with several others from across 24 districts have participated in the 48-hour strike.

"If our demands aren't met, then, we'll go for indefinite strike", the President of Maharashtra Nurses Association told ANI.

Maharashtra: Govt hospital nurses on 48-hr strike over pending demands
Maharashtra: Govt hospital nurses on 48-hr strike over pending demands

Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 570 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 7,22,461. Now, there are 14,453 active cases in the city.

City recorded 10 deaths due to coronavirus on Tuesday which pushed its fatality count to 15,315 as per data released by the city's civic body. 742 COVID-19 patients recovered and were discharged on Tuesday, taking the recovery count to 6,90,417.

On Tuesday, 32,307 tests were conducted. May 17 had reported the lowest count rate with just 17,640 tests. Till date, 68,73,621 tests have been conducted in the city.

The doubling rate has declined to 722 days, while the weekly growth rate has retained at 0.09 percent.

There are total 11 containment zones in the city and 86 buildings have been sealed as per today's data. Recovery rate of Mumbai district is at 95 percent.

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 8,470 new coronavirus cases - up from 6,270 cases a day ago - taking its COVID-19 tally to 59,87,521, while 188 fresh deaths pushed the toll to 1,18,795, the state health department said.

As many as 9,043 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 57,42,258, a statement from the health department said.

On Monday, Maharashtra had reported 6,270 new coronavirus cases, a four-month low daily count, and 94 deaths.

There are now 1,23,340 active cases in the state, where the coronavirus recovery rate is 95.9 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.98 per cent, the statement said.

The health department said 2,16,861 people were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and added that so far, 3,98,86,554 tests have been conducted in the state.

According to the statement, Mumbai city reported 568 new cases and 10 deaths, taking its infection tally to 7,21,099 and the toll to 15,315.

In the wider Mumbai division, comprising the city and its satellite towns, there were 1,784 cases and 33 deaths. This took the cumulative caseload in the region to 15,79,123 and the deaths to 31,401, it said.

The Nashik division reported 662 cases and 19 deaths, the health department said.

The Pune division recorded 2,206 cases and 37 deaths, of which 17 came from Satara district alone, the statement said.

The Kolhapur division reported 3,019 fresh cases and 66 deaths, of which rural parts of Sangli and Ratnagiri districts reported 17 and 16 fatalities, respectively, it said.

The Aurangabad division registered 164 new infections and five deaths, while the Latur division added 312 cases and 15 fatalities, the statement said.

The Akola division reported 254 cases and five deaths, while the Nagpur division registered 69 infections and eight fatalities, it said.

Maharashtra's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 59,87,521; new cases 8,470; deaths 1,18,795; recoveries 57,42,258; active cases 1,23,340; total tests so far 3,98,86,554.

(With inputs from agencies)

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