Last month, a group of students from the northeast had shared a video requesting people not to call them coronavirus
Last month, a group of students from the northeast had shared a video requesting people not to call them coronavirus

Mumbai: A woman hailing from the North East was allegedly spat on by a scooter rider near Kalina Military Camp in Santacruz (East) on Monday afternoon. Vakola Police have booked the unidentified biker, who is suspected to be in his mid-20s, under sections of the Indian Penal Code for committing malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life (section 270) and assault or criminal force (section 352). The police said the search for the accused is underway.

According to police sources, the incident occurred around 2.30 pm near Kalina Military Camp traffic signal, when the woman, who is a native of Manipur, was walking from Hotel Geeta Vihar towards the Military Camp in Kalina, where essential goods like groceries were being distributed.

In her complaint to the police, the 25-year-old woman stated, "A blue scooter zipped past me and the unidentified man spat on me before speeding away. In the heat of the moment, I could not note down the bike's registration number."

The woman, who was accompanied by a friend, immediately rushed to Vakola police station, where a case was registered against the unidentified biker. The police said they were vetting CCTV camera footage of the spot and the neighbouring area, to obtain the two-wheeler's registration no.

Leo Tharmi Raikhan, a representative of Northeast Indians in Mumbai, said, "The victim was attacked when she was on her way to distribution spot for essential services. The accused spat tobacco on the woman, when she was walking silently. It is my humble request to everyone to please treat us with respect as we are fellow Indians, and we do not deserve the ill treatment meted out to us."

Those over Positive patient delivers baby 60 account for 63% of 109 deaths SANJAY JOG / Mumbai The elderly are at a higher risk from coronavirus as those over 60 account for 63% of the 109 deaths in India while 30% are between 40 and 60; only 7% are below 40. Also, 86% death cases have exhibited comorbidity related to diabetes, chronic kidney issues, hypertension and heart related ailments.

Males among the dead accounted for 73% and females 27%. It was also disclosed that 4,067 confirmed coronavirus positive cases have been reported thus far of which 1,445 are related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. So far, 109 deaths have been reported while 291 persons were cured and discharged after recovery.

Meanwhile, states have been advised to use funds under the National Health Mission (NHM) and the State Disaster Relief Fund to undertake all activities related to creation of quarantine centres, dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and other medical equipment, treatment of patients and all other allied activities, In addition the NHM has already sanctioned Rs. 1100 crore to all States; an additional Rs 3000 crore was released on Monday.

Also, N-95 masks, ventilators and PPEs are being procured from the central pool and being distributed to all States across the country. The home ministry said that more than 25,500 local Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts had been quarantined and 1,750 people had been blacklisted.

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