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Day 1 of booster shot: 5% eligible beneficiaries jabbed

Maharashtra has 935,810 eligible beneficiaries — health care, frontline workers and the citizens over 60 years of age (with co-morbidities)

In Mumbai, only 6% of the 88,892 eligible health care workers, 2.2% of eligible frontline workers (80,969), and 30% of eligible senior citizens with co-morbidities (12,139) turned up on Monday (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:18 AM IST

Mumbai’s daily Covid tally may be higher, say experts

Though the daily caseload has risen by nearly 44% since December 31, the city on Sunday recorded 19,474 cases which is a 4% decline over the previous day’s 20,318 cases.

People gather at the Juhu beach amid restrictions imposed due to rising Covid-19 cases in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 06:41 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mumbai records 19k cases, but actual numbers may be higher

After recording a massive and consistent spike since the last week of December, Mumbai’s daily caseload has hovered between 19,000 and 20,000 cases over the past four days

Mumbai records 19k cases, but actual numbers may be higher (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 12:03 AM IST

Mumbai’s daily Covid count may be higher: Experts

After recording a massive and consistent spike since the last week of December, Mumbai’s daily Covid caseload has hovered between 19,000 and 20,000 cases over the past four days

People gather at the Juhu beach amid restrictions imposed due to rising Covid-19 cases in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 12:33 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Over 900,000 eligible for booster doses today in Maharashtra

Over 900,000 healthcare workers, frontline workers and senior citizens including 182,000 in Mumbai will be eligible to take the Covid-19 precautionary shot starting Monday

Over 900,000 healthcare workers, frontline workers and senior citizens including 182,000 in Mumbai will be eligible to take the Covid-19 precautionary shot starting Monday. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 11:51 PM IST

People living with dementia in India will triple to 11 million by 2050, says report

India’s burden of dementia will be much higher than what the Global Burden of Disease data shows because the problem is largely underreported in the country, neurology professor Dr Neeraj Jain said on the Lancet report.

Dementia is an umbrella term used for impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interfere with everyday activities.
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 10:21 AM IST

Keep a close eye on symptomatic cases, hospitalisation rate: Task force

However, the state’s Covid task force said that test positivity may not be a crucial parameter during the ongoing Omicron-driven wave

The test positivity rate shot up drastically in Mumbai from 11% in the last week of December to over 30% on Thursday (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 08:02 PM IST

‘Covid wave can be slowed by preventing personal infections’

Mumbai on Wednesday recorded the highest ever single-day caseload of 15,014 Covid-19 infections

Epidemiologist Jayaprakash Muliyil is also a member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. (Supplied photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 11:05 AM IST

Mumbai hospitals face staff crunch as doctors, nurses are Covid positive

Mumbai: With the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, city hospitals are faced with a shortage of staff as several doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers across public and private facilities have been infected with the coronavirus

City hospitals face staff crunch as doctors, nurses are Covid positive (HT File)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 11:26 PM IST

3rd wave won’t overwhelm Mumbai hospitals: TIFR model

The analysis showed that in comparison with the second wave, the third surge will be manageable for the city as it will not overwhelm the medical facilities

A Covid-19 testing centre in Mumbai. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 09:55 AM IST

Mumbai cases breach 10k-mark; 80% of Covid beds in city unoccupied

The Covid bed occupancy in Mumbai’s private and public hospitals stood at 20%, with at least 17,784 beds — or 80% — vacant even as the daily caseload in the city rose to 10,606 on Monday

Mumbai cases breach 10k-mark; 80% of Covid beds in city unoccupied. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 12:31 AM IST

Teen spirit: 176,552 jabbed across Maharashtra

Mumbai: Relief and cheer writ large on the faces of teenagers who filed in to receive their first Covid dose, as the state rolled out the national vaccination drive for youngsters between 15 to 18 years on Monday

Navi Mumbai, India - January 03, 2022: Students of ICLES' Motilal Jhunjhunwala College flash a victory sign after getting inoculated against COVID-19 during a special vaccination drive for teenagers in the 15-18 age group in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India, on Monday, January 03, 2022. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 12:28 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar and Pratip Acharya

Pandemic hit anemia programme in schools, anganwadi centres

As the pandemic forced schools across the country to shut down, it wasn’t just learning that was disrupted — for almost half the students in Maharashtra their health was impacted too

Pandemic hit anemia programme in schools, anganwadi centres (Stock pic)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 08:00 PM IST

Doctors bank on new antiviral drug Molnupiravir and antibody cocktails for high-risk patients

Doctors said the number of patients qualifying for these medicines has increased over the past 10 days since the city began experiencing a surge

Doctors bank on new antiviral drug Molnupiravir and antibody cocktails for high-risk patients (Stock Pic)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 11:01 PM IST

Delta variant still driving hospitalisations amid Omicron surge

A little more than one-fifth, or 2371, of Mumbai’s 11,360 active Covid-19 cases up until December 30 were admitted to hospitals and jumbo centres, BMC records show

Delta variant still driving hospitalisations amid Omicron surge (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 11:10 PM IST

Demand for Covid self-test kits shoot up in Mumbai

The rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19 in Mumbai have led to an increase in the demand for self-testing kits. Chemists in the city said the demand has started over the past week after a lull of several months

Demand for Covid self-test kits shoot up in Mumbai (Stock Pic)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 08:44 PM IST

‘Covid cases likely to cross single-day peak during 2nd wave in Mumbai’

The state health department has stuck to the third wave projections drawn in July, which estimated Maharashtra was likely to see 1.25 million active cases during the peak of the third wave

Workers prepare new Covid center amid the rising cases of Omicron in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 04:00 PM IST

Omicron is fast replacing Delta: experts

The new, highly mutated Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 is fast replacing the Delta variant in Mumbai health experts said as the city recorded 3,555 fresh cases on Thursday

The new, highly mutated Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 is fast replacing the Delta variant in Mumbai health experts said as the city recorded 3,555 fresh cases on Thursday (HT)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 12:47 AM IST

45% of Omicron cases in Maharashtra from those sans international travel history

Nearly 45% of the 450 Omicron cases detected in Maharashtra are from those without any international travel history

Nearly 45% of the 450 Omicron cases detected in Maharashtra are from those without any international travel history. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 12:44 AM IST

Jumbos start re-hiring staff, hospitals on standby as daily cases rise

Mumbai’s jumbo Covid-19 facilities that went into hibernation after the second wave receded have now started rehiring medical, housekeeping and other staff

For instance, the 3,500-bed NESCO jumbo facility at Goregaon on Monday appointed eight doctors, 10 nurses and 20 ward boys (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 12:32 AM IST

Third wave may start if cases keep on rising for two more weeks: Experts

For now, it looks like an expected rise due to social gatherings and crowding because of the festival and year-end celebrations

The rise in the average daily cases in Mumbai this month has triggered one question- is it the beginning of the third wave already (Satish Bate)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 08:11 PM IST

Maharashtra to adopt e-Manas, mental healthcare software from Karnataka

Developed in collaboration with the NIMHANS and the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), the software is currently being used in Karnataka

The e-Manas software, developed in collaboration with the NIMHANS and the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), has a clinical module for professionals, a mental healthcare directory module for registrations of facilities and professionals
Published on Dec 23, 2021 09:28 AM IST

Omicron cases in Maha: Over 80% breakthrough infections

More than 80% of the Omicron cases detected in the state since December 4 are breakthrough infections- that is among people who are fully vaccinated

State health authorities said that the Omicron cohort is still too small to conclude the behaviour of the highly mutated virus (Vijay Bate)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 07:20 PM IST

Long Covid: Range of symptoms, medical burden

Long Covid symptoms occur more frequently in women, middle-aged, and in those with more symptoms initially, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) definition.

Here’s what’s confounding the medical experts: Long Covid does not depend on the severity of the infection.(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 12:28 PM IST

Maharashtra forms eight mental health review boards

Maharashtra has formed eight Mental Health Review Boards (MHRB) under the mandate of the Mental Healthcare Act (2017), which provides for a review board for each district in the country

Maharashtra forms eight mental health review boards (HT File)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 12:01 AM IST

Only 40 out of 920 minors enrolled for paediatric vaccine trial at Nair Hospital

While the trial aims to enroll a total of 920 candidates, hospital authorities said that it has been struggling to get paediatric volunteers

Only 40 out of 920 minors enrolled for paediatric vaccine trial at Nair Hospital. (HT)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 12:37 AM IST

'As stopgap, India must boost vulnerable people with available vaccines'

The study could not find an adequate number of trial participants who have taken Covaxin, prompting Dr Gagandeep Kang, a leading researcher and microbiologist from CMC, to put out an appeal on social media.

Experts are deliberating on the need for booster vaccine shots against Covid-19 in the country. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:42 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Experts advise taking safe course in wake of Omicron variant

The government should also bring down the gap between the two doses of Covishield vaccine to 12 weeks, an expert said

 (File photo)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 12:23 PM IST

15 million yet to get a jab in state

As many as 15 million people in Maharashtra are yet to take even a single dose of the vaccine, while the state’s full vaccination or the two-dose coverage has reached 48%

The state’s target adult population for vaccination is 91.5 million (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 11:59 PM IST

50% psychiatrist posts in Maharashtra hospitals vacant

Maharashtra’s public healthcare system is facing an acute dearth of mental health professionals with more than half of the posts of psychiatrists vacant

50% psychiatrist posts in Maharashtra hospitals vacant. (Sudhir Shetty)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 12:14 AM IST
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