Maharashtra, Mumbai see jump in new Covid cases
Maharashtra has witnessed a marginal rise in the number of daily Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with 57,640 new cases and 920 covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing its tally to 48,80,542, with 72,662 fatalities till now. Meanwhile, 57,006 Covid patients recovered in the state on Wednesday, increasing the total recovered count to 41,64,098.
Mumbai witnessed a sudden spike in daily Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with 3,879 new infections and 77 Covid-19 fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 6,65,299, with 13,547 fatalities so far. Meanwhile the doubling rate of cases in the city has increased to 123 days, while the weekly growth rate has dropped to 0.54 per cent.
Plea in Bombay HC seeks Z+ security for Adar Poonawalla, his family
A writ petition on Wednesday has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking Z plus security for Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla and his family.
The petitioner has said Poonawalla should be given Z plus security for himself and his family, and his assets should be protected keeping the threats which were made to Poonawalla as per media reports.
The plea requested the court to give order to Maharashtra government and Pune Police Commissioner to file an FIR in the matter based on the petitioner's complaint which he has already submitted.
He also requested that by the time the order on his petition comes, Poonawalla and his family should be given ample police protection and there should be police deployment at Serum institute and other properties of Poonawalla. (ANI)
Man held for killing stray dog in Mumbai
A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly beating up a stray dog to death in suburban Goregaon, a police official said on Wednesday.
The alleged incident took place on Tuesday after which the accused, Imran Shah, was arrested by the Bangur Nagar police, he said.
The incident came to light after a video of the fatal assault on the stray dog went viral on social media and users posted the clip on Twitter and tagged the Mumbai Police and Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil.
During interrogation, the accused revealed the stray dog had torn the seat cover of his motorcycle which triggered the attack on the animal.
In the video, Shah can be seen assaulting the dog with an iron rod and the animal bleeding profusely, the official said.
Shah was booked under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, he added. (PTI)
Maharashtra DGP seeks cooperation of citizens to enforce COVID-19 curbs
Maharashtra in-charge DGP Sanjay Pandey on Wednesday sought cooperation from citizens to strictly implement lockdown-like curbs enforced to contain the spread of the COVID-19 infection in the state.
Pandey interacted with citizens through his official Twitter account @DGPMaharashtra with hashtag #AskDGPMaharashtra and replied to their questions.
Speaking about people who don't follow rules during the pandemic, the top cop of the state said, "Police across the state is trying to implement the lockdown guidelines and also creating awareness amongst citizens regularly. However, none of the efforts are complete without cooperation of citizens. We request everyone to cooperate in interest of everyone." Asked by one user about how he gets motivation to stick to 'morality' and choose unbiased investigation in a situation in which he may have to face political pressure for solving a particular case ', the DGP replied, "The only side I prefer to take is the right side of law." (PTI)
Don't let guard down despite downward trend in COVID-19 cases: Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said people should not be complacent just because there is a downward trend in coronavirus cases in the state.
"We are preparing for the third wave of the virus," Thackeray said addressing the state on social media.
Thackeray said the Supreme Court has appreciated Mumbai municipal corporation's work to contain coronavirus spread.
"The Centre's scientific panel has warned about a third coronavirus wave. We have been preparing for this since last month," he said.
Many districts are witnessing a decline in cases even as cases are rising in some other districts, he said.
Thackeray said the state will have to increase oxygen generation capacity to 3,000 MT and has started working on it. (PTI)