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Tamil Nadu becomes the 1st state to have its own genome sequencing lab.

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Manasa Maddila, Mumbai Uncensored, 6th January 2021:

The whole-genome sequencing (WGS) laboratory of the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL) has joined the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG).

Health Minister Ma. Subramanian said there could have been no other State in India that has set up a genome sequencing lab all alone.

In spite of the State having its own genome sequencing lab that was set up at an expense of 4 crores, and initiated on September 14, it was sending tests to labs in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune that are important for INSACOG for affirming the sequencing of the Omicron variation.

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has perceived Tamil Nadu’s State Public Health Laboratory to direct entire genome sequencing, which implies the state will don’t really need to send tests to labs in Pune, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad to affirm variations, like Delta and Omicron.

Ma Subramanian remarked, “The state’s public health lab at the Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services, which is overseen by CM MK Stalin, has set up equipment worth Rs 4 crore for this purpose”.

A senior authority of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine said that around 150 samples can be tried at the same time at the lab and requires no less than five days to get the outcome.

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Families Of Covid-19 Victims Can’t Be Deprived Of Compensation Merely Because Applications Filed Physically: Bombay HC To Maha Govt

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Bhuvana Iyer – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th January 2022

The Bombay High Court  on Monday expressed displeasure after it was informed that the kin of several Covid-19 victims were being denied the ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 50,000 as their claim forms were submitted in physical format and not through the online portal. 

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik was hearing a PIL filed by Prameya Welfare Foundation seeking a payout for all eligible applicants even if the claims were filed physically or by post. 

After the Supreme Court’s intervention, the National Disaster Management Authority framed guidelines by which dependents of Covid victims would receive Rs 50,000 ex-gratia compensation by the State Governments through the State Disaster Response Fund (“SDRF”).

The redressal of grievances regarding certification would be governed by the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and ICMR on September 3, 2021, the Centre had told the Supreme Court.

On Monday, Advocate Sumedha Rao for the petitioners informed the High Court that several slum dwellers had filed claim applications before the Collector’s Officer much before the Maharashtra Government came up with an online portal for payments.

Rao said that those being denied compensation were very poor.

Her plea stated that on one hand families have lost their bread winners while on the other hand they have not received compensation which is their right to life. Moreover, there were several technical glitches in uploading forms to online portals.

Counsel for BMC, the civic body for Mumbai city, submitted that they had received 34,159 applications, of which 16,818 applications were approved.

Government Pleader Purnima Kantharia for the State submitted that through the online portal, the process was streamlined, and money was directly reaching the beneficiary’s account. She further said that the petitioners could help people submit these online applications.

However, Chief Justice Dipankar Datta was of the view that the State need not deny payment due to technicalities.
“The spirit of the Supreme Court order is that the administration must reach families of persons who have died of Covid-19. Keep this in mind, and why should you be so technical?,” CJ Datta asked.

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Mumbai records 5008 new COVID cases and 10 deaths in the last 24 hour

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The city reports fresh cases of COVID 19 and deaths as per BMC

Akankshya Mukherjee – Mumbai Uncensored, 22nd January 2022 :

Mumbai reports new cases of COVID 19 around 5,008 have been reported so far and deaths caused by COVID 19 is 12. The city reports the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The city is currently witnessing a massive surge in COVID 19 cases, additionally, it is being driven by the Omicron variant for the past few weeks now. The city has logged over 5,000 cases compared to the 20,000 infections reported last week. Currently, active cases in the city count to more than 14,000.

With more than 12,000 patients being discharged every day, according to the bulletin the number of recorded cases has jumped to over 9,00,000. Mumbai’s current recovery rate from COVID 19 is 97% but the case doubling rate has improved a lot according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). As per the bulletin, 84% of the new patients are asymptomatic and 420 patients were hospitalised today.

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Thane Municipal Corporation served legal notice over current water crisis in Ghodbundar District

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Shashwat Mishra – Mumbai Uncensored, 22nd January 2022

Two residents of Ghodbunder district have served legal notice to Thane Municipal Corporation for the water crisis faced by the residents of the locality. According to the two residents, the municipal corporation has failed to complete its promise made to the High court in 2017 wherein it had promised to form a committee to look into the water crisis of Ghodbunder district, following which the court had permitted to give a go ahead to the development works on the road that were stopped for over a year due to the water crisis. 

The residents, Dattatray Ghadage, resident of Manorama Nagar and Madhu Narayananunni, resident of Kavesar, have asked the corporation to form a committee within seven days and conduct a meeting or else they would be filing a contempt petition in the High Court against the municipal corporation. The excerpt of the notice states, “The court, while disposing of the petition, had asked the civic body to form a committee with concerned officials to discuss the water woes and create public awareness of such a committee. The TMC has formed no such committee and it has also failed to supply adequate water to this suburb. Issuing Commencement Certificate to new constructions will affect the right of the existing tax paying citizen to adequate water.” 

One of the officials from the water department on the other hand says, that they haven’t received the notice yet, he said, “We have not yet received the letter. However, we provide 100MLD of water to the Ghodbunder area, which is sufficient to meet the water requirement of this area.” 

The matter dates back to the year 2016 when the aforementioned residents filed a PIL in the High Court regarding water cuts due to the poor planning of the civic body for construction on the Ghodbunder road, the High Court took cognizance of the matter and had stalled the construction works along the Ghodbunder road, following which, the High Court directed the civic body to file an affidavit, stating the data of water connections and water supply management of the body. Following this the civic body filed its reply and eventually in 2017 the High Court disposed off the petition by imposing certain conditions to be fulfilled by the Thane Municipal Corporation. 

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