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Mumbai's iconic Ganesh Festival to be celebrated without mega zeal for the 2nd year in succession

Amid the extended threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the looming horror of the second wave and the anticipated threat of a third wave, the Maharashtra government has issued norms regarding Mumbai's upcoming Ganesh Festival, beginning from September 10. For the second year in succession, the iconic celebrations of the 10-day Ganeshutsav will be shrouded by the pandemic gloom. Like last year, the state has banned the mega public gatherings, gigantic Ganesha idols and pandals, to preserve the recently acquired second wave relief.

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Mumbai civic body extends ongoing curbs for 2 weeks despite dropping positivity rate

Keeping in view the uncertain circumstances, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that the ongoing curbs will not be revoked for the next 14 days. In spite of the latest weekly report by the Maharashtra Government which indicates lowered positivity rate and reduced oxygen bed dependency in Mumbai, the civic body has taken this decision. As per reports, Mumbai now stands eligible for 'unlock level 2', given these parameters.

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Random testing at stations, malls & tourist spots in Mumbai to curtail the second COVID wave

Keeping a strict watch on the multiplying COVID count and escalating infections witnessed in Mumbai, the municipal authorities are executing new measures each day. As per the latest developments, the BMC has instructed the authorities to conduct random testing of individuals at highly frequented places like stations, malls and tourist places. Reportedly, the mandatory rapid antigen diagnostic test for the COVID virus shall be conducted without asking for consent from the citizens.

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New restrictions imposed in Mumbai due to a surge in COVID-19 cases

With a renewed acceleration of COVID cases in Mumbai, the BMC has implemented the reversal of certain lockdown restrictions ensuring a strict watch on individuals who flout the guidelines. According to reports, Mumbai will once again witness the locking of high-risk complexes and floors and stamping of asymptomatic patients amidst a list of measures. The civic body's intervention is prompted by a single day spike of 736 in Mumbai's Covid tally on Thursday accompanied by the rising number of daily infections in Maharashtra, that breached the 5,000 mark on the same day.

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