Mumbai reports 455 fresh COVID-19 cases
Mumbai reported 455 fresh COVID-19 cases and ten fatalities, taking the tally to 7,25,616 and the toll to 15,564, the state health department said.
Maharashtra sees 8,418 new COVID-19 cases, 171 deaths
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 8,418 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 171 fatalities while 10,548 patients were discharged during the day, the state health department said. With the new additions, Maharashtra's caseload went up to 61,13,335 and the death toll to 1,23,531. The number of recoveries so far stands at 58,72,268, leaving the state with 1,14,297 active cases, the department said.
Maharashtra's case recovery rate now sands at 96.06 per cent and the COVID-19 fatality rate is 2.01 per cent, it said, adding that the case positivity rate is 14.25 per cent.
Man feared drowned in water-filled quarry in Thane
A man was feared drowned in a water-filled quarry where he had gone for a swim on Tuesday here in Maharashtra's Thane city, civic officials said.
The quarry is located in Dativali village near Diva town, they said.
Santosh Kadam, chief of the Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), said the man, Deven Dalvi (aged around 35), had entered the quarry at around 17.00 hours for a swim.
He was not traced and feared to have drowned, Kadam said.
The local police, firemen and a team of the RDMC rushed to the scene and launched a search operation, he said.
He said the search operation was later called off for the day due to darkness and will resume on Wednesday, Kadam said. (PTI)
Could proceed with Zilla Parishad bypolls if ground situation conducive: Maha SEC to SC
The Maharashtra State Election Commission (SEC) Tuesday told the Supreme Court they could proceed with conducting bypolls to five Zilla Parishads and 33 Panchayat Samitis in the state if the situation on the ground is "conducive".
Hearing an application filed by Maharashtra for extending the timeframe for concluding the by-elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the court observed the poll panel is mandated under the Constitution to conduct elections in a certain timeframe.
"The State Election Commission is of the opinion that if the situation on the ground is conducive for conducting by-elections in the concerned constituency and there is no prohibitory order or lockdown order operating in those areas, they could proceed with the election program while ensuring that the standard operating procedures and COVID-19 protocols as notified by the competent authorities, including Disaster Management Authority will be followed in its letter and spirit," a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna noted in its order.