Mumbai lockdown news: Today's updates from your city

Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
* Update at 10.40pm: BMC has issued a circular directing ward officers to conduct a house-to-house survey in slums, foucssing on senior citizens and identify early those who are at the risk falling prey to the infection.
* Update at 10.06pm: 7 people booked for offering prayers on Bhiwandi building terrace
* PTI Update at 8.48pm | 355 new coronavirus patients in Mumbai today, city's tally reaches 3,445
* PTI update at 7.47pm | Dharavi in Mumbai reports 12 new Covid-19 cases with one death; total cases 180: BMC
* Update at 6.40pm: Truck with 60 migrant labourers intercepted in Bhiwandi, two booked
* Update at 6.38pm: The Thane Municipal Corporation has sealed Lokmanya-Savarkar Nagar in the city, after over 50 people attended the funeral of a Covid-19 patient in the area
* Update at 6.37pm: A five-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) visited the Kasturba hospital and the headquarter of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the metropolis.
* Update at 6.36pm: The number of containment zones in Mumbai increased by 113 per cent from 381 to 813 between April 9 and 20, despite the metropolis being under lockdown for almost a month now, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials said on Tuesday
*Update at 6.02pm: Bombay High Court decides to cancel its summer vacation from May 7 to June 7 if coronavirus-induced lockdown is lifted on May 3
* Update at 4.54pm: Motorists using the Mumbai-Pune highway have to pay increased toll charges
* Update at 3.59pm: Two more people test positive for coronavirus infection in Bhiwandi
* Update at 2.15pm: A cop who was posted outside CM Uddhav Thackeray's residence tests positive for coronavirus.
* PTI update at 2.07pm | Lockdown: 1330 people booked for not wearing masks in Mumbai
Mumbai Police have registered cases against 1330 citizens for not wearing masks at public places in violation of the order issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the last 13 days of the coronavirus lockdown, an official said on Tuesday.
The BMC had made wearing of face masks/clothes compulsory from April 8 in view of surge in the number of coronavirus positive cases in Mumbai, which is worst-hit by the outbreak.
The civic body had warned of action under section 188 (Disobedience to the order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) if people are found roaming without masks in public places like streets, hospitals, markets, offices etc.
* Ambulances in overdrive as cases rise and transport shut
As the city grapples with a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases and transport remains shut, it is becoming difficult for Mumbaikars to reach hospitals for medical emergencies as ambulances are in short supply.
For instance, for a corona positive Nagpada resident in need of dialysis, neighbours and politicians scouted for an ambulance for over 20 hours on Friday. Also, Dharavi resident Farooqui Sohrab (25), said that his family of nine was squeezed into one ambulance to be taken for testing a week ago. “At least a dozen of us, including neighbours, were in that vehicle,” he said.
The 108 ambulance service has dedicated 60 of its fleet of 93 vehicles to Covid-related work. These ambulances are used to ferry suspected Covid-19 patients for tests and back, and to take recovered patients home. Each trip takes 4-8 hours. “Once we get a request, we have to co-ordinate with ward officers to find which hospital can take the patient in. This takes 2 hours. At the hospital, the admission takes up to 4 hours at times, so the ambulance waits till then. Sanitisation of the ambulance takes 30 minutes,” said Dr Ashish Yadav, zonal manager for the 108 ambulance service in Mumbai.
* Update at 12.43pm: Mumbai Police constable attached to the protection branch tests positive for Covid-19.
* Emergency aid norms still vague, doc made to run around for a stitch
Instead of suturing a bleeding wound sustained by a first-year resident doctor in the ICU, seniors at KEM Hospital, Parel, sent her out for medical aid because, in an unusual coincidence, they found out at that moment that she had tested positive for Covid-19. After a visit to two civic hospitals, the wound was finally attended to.
*Update at 8.53am | 47 deaths and 1,336 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rises to 18,601 (including 14759 active cases, 3252 cured/discharged/migrated and 590 deaths): Ministry of health and family welfare
* Update at 8.15am: Thane cops perform ‘aarti’ of those violating lockdown

* 53 mediapersons test positive, told to stay in quarantine
As many as 53 of 171 mediapersons who had participated in the Covid-19 testing camp for journalists on April 17 have tested positive. The BMC on Monday contacted them and asked them to to stay in home quarantine while arrangements were being made to get them quarantined in a hotel in Goregaon. Civic officials said many of the affected mediapersons were asymptomatic, but as a precaution they will disinfect areas in the civic headquarters, like the press room, which they visit.
* Most industries in MMR fail to restart ops, 1,335 in rest of state given go-ahead
While industries in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region remained mostly shut on Monday—the first day of relaxation of the lockdown—in the rest of Maharashtra, as many as 1,335 units employing 20,000 workers were granted permission to restart operations following submission of self-declaration forms online.
* 2 BMC disaster control room staff test +ve, operations moved to Parel
After two civic staff working in the disaster control room located within the BMC headquarters tested positive for Covid-19, the civic body has partially moved the control room operations to its Parel centre, where a replica of the existing disaster control room was set up in March last year. On Monday, the entire disaster control room as well as the BMC’s annexe building were fumigated and entry to it restricted.
According to civic sources, the two civic staff, who tested positive, are currently asymptomatic. Both are from the city’s Covid-19 hotspots. While one is a peon who lives in Worli, another is a shift-in-charge from Dharavi.
* Nair hospital begins transition as Covid-only with five cases
The city’s tertiary care BYL Nair Hospital, outside Mumbai Central station, began its transition as a Covidonly hospital on Monday, with five serious patients being admitted. “The hospital had 50 Covid patients, so we totally have 55 here,” said Dr Manoj Joshi, who has just been named dean of Nair Hospital. The 225 non-Covid patients at the hospital will gradually be shifted to other hospitals.
* 24 placed in quarantine at govt hosp go missing
Twenty-four people in quarantine at a sealed government hospital in Dahanu allegedly sneaked out, it was found on Sunday — five days after they were quarantined.
In all, 187 people had been quarantined at the sub-district hospital at Kasa after a 3-year-old girl tested positive last Tuesday. These included patients at the hospital, their relatives and hospital staff. The hospital was sealed and swab samples of the 187 in quarantine taken over two days.
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