Rajesh Tope announces health insurance for all, Covid cases touch 12,296

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala
, Laxman Singh
| Mumbai |

Updated: May 3, 2020 3:16:09 am

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope (File)
MAHARASHTRA RECORDED the very best single day soar in its toll with 36 deaths as a consequence of coronavius (COVID-19) on Saturday. The toll crossed 500, touching 521. Across the state, 790 new cases have been recorded. Mumbai recorded 547 contemporary cases and 28 deaths, its highest variety of deaths in a single day taking the depend within the metropolis to 322.

The whole affected person depend within the state now stands at 12,296 with Mumbai reporting 8,359 cases. As cases proceed to surge and variety of sufferers requiring hospitalisation will increase, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated all households within the state will probably be coated beneath Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana’s (MJPJAY) medical insurance cowl as much as Rs 1.5 lakh.

“We have 1,000 hospitals empanelled under us. Any patient visiting these hospitals for surgeries listed under the insurance scheme will be treated cashless,” Tope advised The Indian Express.

The MJPJAY is a state-run insurance scheme that covers 2.25 crore households and offers medical cowl of Rs 1.5 lakh. In its tender final yr, the state authorities elevated hospitals empanelled beneath the scheme from 492 to 1,000 and whole procedures that sufferers can avail from 971 to 1,096. Tope stated about 25 lakh extra households at the moment are included beneath the insurance scheme along with 2.25 crore.

“We had already covered about 85 per cent of Maharashtra’s population under the scheme. Now remaining 15 per cent is also covered,” he stated. With a number of non-public hospitals working on skeletal foundation, the health minister stated district collectors have been instructed to take motion towards hospitals that refuse to deal with sufferers.

“There are still issues with some private hospitals in red zone districts. It is difficult for them to function normally. But collectors will ensure these hospitals open up,” Tope stated. Across the state, there are 844 containment areas the place motion has been restricted utterly.

Of 36 deaths reported within the state, 28 have been in Mumbai, together with considered one of a West Bengal resident. Three deaths have been recorded in Pune, three in Amravati, and one every in Vasai and Auranagabad. At least 70 per cent of them had comorbidities resulting in health problems after they acquired the an infection.

On Saturday, the depend of these discharged had touched 2,000. The price of these recovering and being discharged improved from 14 per cent till final week to 16 per cent on Saturday. The whole variety of folks discharged in Mumbai are 1,704, 85 per cent of the whole discharged within the state.

As many as 56 coronavirus sufferers, together with a three-year-old lady, have been discharged after restoration on the similar time from a civic-run hospital in Mira-Bhayandar township in Thane district after restoration, an official stated.

In Mumbai, a minimum of 481 folks with suspected signs have been admitted on Saturday. The metropolis’s toll has touched 322. India’s largest slum Dharavi noticed the very best single-day soar with 89 contemporary cases on Saturday. Dharavi now has 496 constructive cases. Officials from the BMC stated within the final six days, Dharavi recorded a major 221 cases.

They additionally stated the rise in variety of cases is due to energetic screening of individuals by fever clinics and in depth contact tracing of constructive sufferers. The BMC is dealing with a problem within the slum as a consequence of its dense inhabitants. Anticipating the rise in variety of cases, the central authorities committee, which visited Dharavi, has recommended ramping up quarantine services. Civic officers stated about 79,000 folks have been screened at Dharavi, of which 2,500 folks have been screened this week. Of this, 1,920 have been suspected to be constructive and have been referred to institutional quarantine the place they’re additionally being examined.

Pune toll crosses 100

The loss of life toll in Pune district crossed 100 on Saturday. With 4 extra deaths reported from the district, the toll is 103 now. Two of the deaths passed off on Friday, however the stories confirming the virus got here on Saturday.

A complete of 97 contemporary cases have been reported on Saturday and the variety of sufferers with the an infection has gone as much as 1,912.

‘Be positive, build your immunity’

‘Be positive, build your immunity and stay active’: that is the recommendation from a 52-year-old senior physician at BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, who has recovered from COVID-19 and was discharged on Saturday. He was among the many first physicians to have been detected with the virus, together with three different nurses, at Sassoon Hospital. All of them have recovered and been discharged, stated hospital authorities.

Amravati toll at 10

The toll in Amravati district has gone as much as 10, with two deaths on April 27 and 30, stories of which have been obtained days after the deaths.

While one of many sufferers, a 55-year outdated man, died at residence within the containment zone of Haiderpura on April 27, the opposite, a 50-year outdated man from Shirala village, died in Amravati Super Specialty Hospital on April 30, a day after he was admitted. While the report of the person from Haiderpura was obtained two days later, the Shirala villager’s report got here on Saturday.

Eight of the 10 deaths within the distinct have occurred at residence and one at a personal hospital and one in a authorities hospital. “The deceased didn’t reveal their illnesses to our survey teams. So we came to know about them only after we tested their samples,” stated Amravati Civil Surgeon Shyamsundar Nikam.

The district’s cumulative constructive case tally has risen to 53. With 10 deaths and 4 discharged sufferers, the district now has 39 energetic cases. The district had lower than 15 cases a few week in the past.

Asked why Amravati nonetheless continued to be within the ‘orange’ zone, Divisional Commissioner Piyush Singh stated, “About a week ago, the district had less than 15 cases. So the orange zone tag was an assessment based on that. Next Monday, it will be revised to red zone. But we are already treating the district as red zone.”

Amravati’s loss of life sequence had begun on April 4. But for a very long time there have been no casualties. On April 20, two deaths have been reported. Next 5 deaths occurred 5 days in a row and the final on April 30.

Vidarbha’s total toll now stands at 15. Nagpur has two, Akola two (together with a suicide) and Buldana has one loss of life. There have been no contemporary cases reported from Yavatmal on Saturday. The tally of cumulative and energetic within the district is 90 and 80, respectively. Yavatmal is the second-most affected district in Vidarbha after Nagpur. Buldana, too, reported no new cases. Akola has 40 cumulative and 37 energetic cases. Nagpur continues to steer in Vidarbha with 150 cumulative and 102 energetic cases. The metropolis has had two deaths thus far.

Chandrapur recorded its first case late on Saturday with a 50-year outdated man from Krishna Nagar locality testing constructive. This was knowledgeable by Collector Kunal Khemnar. The administration is sealing the realm and is tracing the person’s contacts.

Now, solely Gadchiroli and Wardha are coronavirus-free districts in Vidarbha.

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