Read on to know about all that's been happening in Mumbai this week!

Mumbai news: Know all that is happening in the city

This weekend seems to be full of action for Mumbai and the number of developments in the last few hours in the city. From Bombay High Court permitting Muharram processions to the IMD warning and yellow alert, here's the detailed news of everything that's going on in the city.

Heavy rains, up to 300mm, wash the city

Mumbai crosses the 300mm mark of rainfall with heavy showers falling in the city since the last 24 hours. With a yellow alert in the city today, the IMD has warned that there is more in store for the city suburbs and neighbouring areas till Sunday morning. The intensity of the incessant rains is likely to reduce thereafter. These heavy showers have resulted in flooding and water-logging in various low lying regions in the city. Mumbai has recorded about 3,038.5 mm of rain this monsoon season with both the suburbs and town recording about 61% excess rain.

Bombay High Court Allows monitored Muharram Procession

On Friday, the Bombay High Court green flagged the Muharram processions in Mumbai with the imposition of a very stringent COVID-19 protocol in the city. This decision comes exactly a day after Supreme Court denies permission to Muslim communities across the country to observe a juloos( procession). The Bombay Bench granted permission to the local Shia Community to conduct a symbolic juloos in trucks on pre-decided roads when the petitioner community cited Ganpati immersions as an example. As per the permissions, a maximum of 5 members of the Shia community in a jeep are allowed to orchestrate a procession on pre-determined routes on August 30, between 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 5 others would be allowed to walk the last 100 meters of the monitored route with the Tazia (symbol). However, no on-foot procession has been allowed.

Mumbai COVID-19 Update

The city recorded about 1,228 fresh cases of coronavirus on Friday taking the total tally of the city over 1,42,108 cases. A massive recovery rate of about 84% has helped the active cases to sink to negatives, however, the stable high in the virus-related fatalities still add on to the worries of the state and city officials. The city has reported about 7,565 deaths since the virus outbreak in May and over 1,200 deaths out of this towering tally were reported in August.

Gyms may open up with the effect of Unlock 4 in the city

Mumbaikars can expect gyms in the city to reopen in the 4th phase of the nationwide Unlock. With the growing demand of kickstarting gyms and training centres which have been shut down since the nationwide lockdown in March, the CM has asked the owners to frame a Standard Operating Procedure ahead of their preparations to maximise in-house safety.

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