May 13, 2020, 15.33PM
With 426 new cases, the coronavirus tally in Mumbai shot up to 14,781 on Tuesday, while the death toll rose to 556 with 28 more casualties. The BMC said civic-run hospitals, including KEM and Nair, have started administering a new medicine, tocilizumab, to help improve the health condition of severe COVID-19 patients and claimed that the result has been encouraging.Meanwhile, nearly 200 schools, both government and BMC-run, have been converted into type 2 Covid Care Centres (CCC2) to accommodate positive patients who do not need intensive care. Around 300 teachers have been roped in for tasks such as data collection, accompanying community health workers, assisting lab technicians. Across the city, as many as 29,000 isolation beds are being planned chiefly in schools, and a small chunk in banquet halls, SRA buildings and hotels.Also, there is no respite for tipplers in Mumbai and Thane even after the state excise department announced home delivery of liquor on Tuesday. The order is not applicable to Mumbai and urban areas of Thane; however, alcohol will be available along the Mumbai-Nashik Highway and also in Palghar.On Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced a special economic package worth Rs 20 lakh crore, which is roughly 10 per cent of India’s GDP, he said. He also confirmed Lockdown 4.0 and said that it will be different and the details will be shared before May 18.
Maharashtra asks for 20 companies of Central Armed Police Forces
Amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, Maharashtra has asked the Centre for companies of Central Armed Police Forces to maintain law and order.The development comes a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray told Prime Minister during the video conference that the state should be given central forces as police are under heavy pressure.
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