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Several mosques in Mumbai and other regional suburbs, have come forward to ease the availability of oxygen in wake of the acute resource shortage felt across. To shoulder the responsibility of COVID treatment with the already exhausted medical infrastructure, these mosques are facilitating free oxygen cylinders to needy patients, bringing respite to patients and health officials alike. Backed by the Red Crescent Society, the local mosques in Mumbai, Mumbra, Mira Road, Kalyan and Bhiwandi, are also providing home kits to easily set up home support for critical patients.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to set up 3 jumbo COVID centres across Mumbai, to ensure enough vacancy of hospitals beds and treatment facilities in light of the active COVID surge. These centres will be established at Kanjurmarg, Malad and Sion to accommodate up to 5,300 beds, collectively. As per civic officials, these facilities will be ready by next month at Kanjurmarg, followed by the other two locations.

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The COVID-19 scare continues to haunt Mumbai as fresh tallies rose to 7,192 cases on Tuesday. While a marginal dip has been witnessed in the daily caseload since April 17, the virus growth rate has been pegged at 1.46% here. Additionally, a relatively lower recovery rate of 83% has led to a relentless active load of 82,671 cases across the city. So far, the Maximum City has reported over 5.9 lakh coronavirus cases, emerging as one of the worst affected districts in the country.

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In wake of the advent of the coronavirus surge, Maharashtra has decided to limit the timings of grocery shops in Mumbai and other districts. These stores will operate only 4 hours a day, from 7 AM to 11 AM, the Health Minister informed, hinting strongly at the implementation of stern COVID curbs. Though a formal notification is yet to be issued in this regard, however, is expected in a day or two.

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In continued efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the city, the Mumbai Commissioner has issued a new set of guidelines to be followed by the vehicle owners. As per the instruction, colour-coded stickers need to be applied on vehicles, which will be indicative of the services or work carried out by their owners. From now on, only vehicles with stickers, either Red, Green or Yellow (at the front and back), will be allowed to ply on Mumbai roads.

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Amid the high resurgence of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, the state authorities have ordained new and stricter train travel protocols. All train travellers reaching the state from Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat and Uttarakhand need to compulsorily provide a negative COVID report, tested by the RT-PCR method 48 hours before the travel. The administration has labelled these six regions as the 'places of sensitive origin' in terms of coronavirus infection, read reports. Besides this, a new SOP has also been established for travel in long-distance trains, from the listed states, to curb the virus transmission within Maharashtra's limits.

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Taking the city's tally of active COVID cases to 84,378, Mumbai registered 8,803 new infections on Friday. With the onslaught of the pandemic's second and more contagious wave, Mumbai stands clutched under the severe effects of the COVID virus. Taking cognisance of the situation at hand, the police department has been asked to ensure large-scale and stricter deployment of officials for dispersing crowds at frequented spots in the city.

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In a major step to ramp up vaccine production amid the COVID-19 second wave, the Centre has approved the production of coronavirus vaccines at the Maharashtra government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai. This will effectively augment a stronger defence against the deadly coronavirus, assuring a steady supply of COVID shots to foster a better immunogenic response in Mumbai and other critically affected regions.

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Keeping the current grip of the pandemic in mind, the Maharashtra government has undertaken and implemented a slew of stringent COVID-19 protocols, inclusive of a 15-day curfew. Now, to streamline the operations at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, at par with COVID norms and to monitor air travellers, the officials have taken another step ahead. CSMIA will now re-consolidate all domestic passenger flights currently operating from Terminal 1, as per the statement of an official, released on Thursday.

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The Maharashtra government has announced stringent protocols, declaring a strict 15-day curfew across the state amid the surge of coronavirus infection. Reportedly, authorities have dismissed the imposition of a complete lockdown and have instead ordained Section 144 here, from 8 PM on April 14 till 7 AM on May 1. Assembly of 5 or more than 5 people is prohibited, by state orders but all essential services have been permitted to remain functional. Grocery, e-commerce related to emergency goods and food delivery will be permitted between 7 AM and 8 PM.

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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has permitted 62 private hospitals in Mumbai to resume the COVID-19 inoculation drive. As per reports, about 71 private facilities had to suspend their vaccination activity last week due to a crunch in the number of available doses. However, over the weekend, BMC received about 2,35,000 vaccine doses, kickstarting the vaccination drive in the private hospitals once again. The remaining 9 hospitals will also be buying vaccine vials soon and will accordingly be permitted to restart the vaccination drive starting Tuesday.

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