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The Government of India (GoI) has urged the Maharashtra state government to bring down its positivity rate and focus on containment strategies. The letter sent to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary was based on the assessment of the GoI team, Livemint reported. In a letter to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government, the Indian Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said the state is “in the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic”. Amid concern of rising…

As Maharashtra battles a surge in Covid, 229 cases have emerged from a single hostel in a school in Washim district. The school has been declared a containment zone after 225 students and four teachers tested positive. The school has over 300 students from the Vidarbha region, mostly from Amravati and Yavatmal, two districts that have contributed to a spike in virus cases in recent weeks. The students had joined the Washim hostel on February…

Maharashtra: Ten babies have died after a fire broke out at Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra. The fire reportedly broke out at around 1.30 am on Saturday and of the 17 babies, seven were rescued immediately. Quoting Pramod Khandate, Chief Surgeon, Bhandara District General Hospital, reports said that “At around 1.30 a.m., a staff nurse found smoke in the out-born ward of the hospital. When she went into…

Mumbai: Back in the familiar environs of the TV newsroom after a week in judicial custody, journalist Arnab Goswami on Wednesday hit out at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for arresting him in a ‘fake’ case. “Uddhav Thackeray, listen to me. You lost. You have been defeated,” said Goswami (47), while being surrounded by visibly relieved colleagues from his Republic TV channel. Soon after his release from Taloja jail near Mumbai around 8.30 pm, Goswami…