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PUNE: Maharashtra's tally of active Covid cases has now dropped below the 10,000-mark for the first time in over three months. It's a major development, considering the state had over 25,000 active cases around June-end. Officials attributed the drop to clear skies and reduced rainfall. The break in the weather has also caused swine flu cases to fall. "Transmission of influenza and Covid is nearly similar. Increased rainfall and humidity can boost transmission as SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses can piggyback on moisture droplets in the air," said state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate. Data showed that around June 9, Maharashtra had 11,571 active Covid cases. The number rose to 23,746 around June 19 and by June 27, active caseload was at 25,570. But by August 8, number of patients fell by more than half to 11,900 and by August-end, it was at 10,633. On Tuesday, the state's active caseload was at 7,701. As for SARS-CoV-2 variants, Maharashtra seems to have dodged the more serious BA.5 subvariant - its prevalence is now less than 5% in samples from the state. Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, a member of India's INSACOG network, said, "BA.5 had triggered severe infection in patients in some countries." Maharashtra is reporting a 75% prevalence of the milder BA.2.75 subvariant, which has not caused a spike in hospitalisation rates. Dr Awate said, "We are seeing a rise in BA.2.75 infections, but cases are largely mild and people are recovering at home. BA.2.75's prevalence is high in samples from Pune, Mumbai, and Thane." According to labs, the state reported 21 BA.5 patients and 216 BA.2.75 cases between August 20 and September 1. Dr Sidram K Raut, director of Noble Hospitals, said, "There has been no rise in the number of people reporting to the hospital. Widespread vaccine coverage may be a factor. But at the same time, there has been no major drop in the number of patients, which suggests many still haven't taken boosters."
KALYAN: Two women seriously were injured after a leaking LPG gas cylinder caused an explosion in Kalyan on Tuesday evening. The accident took place on the first floor of a seven-story building near the RTO office. #Maharashtra: Two women have been seriously injured in an incident of explosion and fire due to gas leakage from a… https://t.co/zA2kW6aNFs— TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) 1669739106000The injured identified as Sukhvindar Kaur and Kalwant Kaur were in the house when the explosion occurred. After received the information, the fire brigade vehicles of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation were immediately rushed to the spot and brought the fire unnder control before it could spread to nearby buildings. A fire brigade official said both the woman had suffered serious burn injuries and they were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
THANE: A 50-year-old man allegedly killed his sister-in-law and injured his wife and mother-in-law over a dispute in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place in Badlapur town of the district around 6am on Monday, an official said. The accused arrived at his in-laws' place and picked up a quarrel about divorcing his wife and getting some documents of a house in Mumbai, he said. The accused allegedly started beating and stabbing his 60-year-old mother-in-law and when his wife and sister-in-law intervened, he attacked them as well, the official said. While the accused's sister-in-law died on the spot, the other two women had to be hospitalised, he said. The accused has been arrested under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Police Act, the station house officer of Badlapur West police station said.
KALYAN: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has unearthed electricity theft worth Rs 33 lakh by a developer at his construction site in Ambernath in Maharashtra's Thane district. The MSEDCL found that the construction company — Seren Infrastructure — has been stealing electricity with the help of a remote facility. It was found that the builder stole 80,387 units of electricity worth Rs 33 lakh over 21 months from March 2021 to November 2022. In an official press note, MSEDCL claimed that the developer, earlier, by taking permission from MSEDCL constructed two 12-storey buildings at the site. After constructing two residential complexes, the developer continued to use electricity for the another residential complex from the old electricity connection without permission and constructed six floors out of 12 floors. The MSEDCL official said a raid, led by Ulhasnagar division-2 executive engineer Praveen Chakole, recently inspected the power connections of Serene Infrastructure. It was found that Serene Infrastructure was tampering with the electricity meter using remote control. After a thorough investigation, it was found that Seren Infrastructure had stolen electricity worth Rs 33 in the last 21 months. The official further said a notice has been issued to the concerned builder for the payment of stolen electricity. If this payment is not paid on time, a police complaint will be filed against Serene Infrastructure.
ULHASNAGAR: A labourer died after falling off the fourth floor of an under-construction residential tower in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra's Thane district on Thursday. The deceased Raju Panchal (42) had a fall off Heritage Heights while working at a site situated near Asha Hospital around 9.45am. The other labourer working at the site informed the contractor who later called up the local Central police station. The central police have registered an accidental death report and are probing if the labourer was provided adequate safety measures at the construction site or not. The police sources said while other labourers had been working earlier, Panchal was working at site for the last seven days. Madhukar Kad, senior police inspector of central police station, said, "So far we have registered an accidental death report and further probe is on."
Local Shiv Sena (UBT) workers held a protest against the demolition. (Representational)Thane: Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation officials in Thane district demolished eight shops, one of which housed the local office of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), as part of an anti-encroachment drive, an official said on Sunday.However, local Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Ramakant Devlekar said Saturday's demolition action was due to his refusal to join the faction of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.He said other illegal structures in the area were not touched.Local Shiv Sena (UBT) workers held a protest against the demolition.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMeanwhile, KDMC ward officer Kavita Hile said the structures were encroachments and the razing was carried out after following all civic rules, including issuing notices. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayJudges Reluctant To Grant Bail For Fear Of Being Targeted: Chief Justice