HIGHLIGHTS WESTERN REGION AT 5 PM

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Mumbai, Apr 25 (PTI) Top stories from western region at 5 pm.

BOM9 MH-VACCINE-GOVT-NCP Free vaccination for citizens above 18 years in Maha: minister Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will float global tendersfor providing affordable and quality anti-COVID 19 vaccines for free to adult citizens below 45 years, NCP leader and state Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said on Sunday.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-OXYGEN PLANTS Maha: 14 oxygen generation plants to come up in MMR soon Mumbai: In the wake of high demand of medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients, 14 plants for producing the life-saving gas from the atmospheric air will come up soon in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde said on Sunday.

BOM8 MH-HOSPITAL-FIRE-ARREST Fire tragedy: Virar hospital's CEO, CAO arrested Mumbai: Police on Sunday arrested the chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of a Palghar- based hospital where a fire killed 15 COVID-19 patients two days back, an official said.

BOM6 MP-VIRUS-ISOLATION COACHES COVID-19: Isolation train coaches become operational in Bhopal Bhopal: Twenty isolation coaches having over 300 beds for COVID-19 patients became operational at the Bhopal railway station on Sunday, in a bid to reduce the burden on hospitals which are seeing a scramble for beds due to a surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.

BOM1 MH-VIRUS-SERO SURVEY Sero positivity increasing in non-slum areas of Mumbai: BMC Mumbai: Sero positivity is increasing in non-slum areas and decreasing in slum pockets of Mumbai, as per a survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-PATIENTS-ESCAPE Maha: 20 COVID-19 patients escape from care centre in Yavatmal Yavatmal: Twenty COVID-19 patients have escaped from a care centre in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district, officials said on Sunday. PTI NSK NSK