Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates: 10,026 cops contract Covid-19, death toll reaches 107

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19) Live News: As Maharashtra shows signs of stabilisation in its active cases, the state has begun opening up with new guidelines easing restrictions and permitting activities under its 'Mission Begin Again'.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune |Updated: August 5, 2020, 6:42:13 pm


Maharashtra, Mumbai, Thane Coronavirus Live Updates:  Over 10,000 Maharashtra Police personnel have so far tested positive for coronavirus, and 107 of them have died due to the viral infection, an official said on Wednesday. The police personnel who tested positive for the disease included 1,035 officers, he said.

As Maharashtra shows signs of stabilization in its active cases, the state has begun opening up with new guidelines easing restrictions and permitting activities under its ‘Mission Begin Again’. From today, all shops will be allowed to open every day, and on both sides of the road, from 9 am to 7 pm. Till now, only non-essential and standalone shops were allowed on one side of the road on odd days, while those on the other side were open for business on even days.

As sanitation work begins to open malls in Mumbai.
Express photo By Narendra Vaskar, Navi Mumbai 03/08/2020.

The total number of cases stands at 4,57,956 while the death toll was recorded as 16,142 Wednesday. BMC has restricted the movement of people for non-essential activities, like shopping and outdoor exercise, to their neighborhoods.

In other news, a new genetic study has found the prevalence of a unique variant of the virus in Maharashtra. Scientists at the National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS) in Pune have found a region-specific variant, which has not so far been reported from other parts of the country.


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