Mumbai, May 14 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM6 GA-HOSPITAL-DEATHS 13 more COVID-19 patients die at GMCH; toll 75 in four days Panaji: Thirteen more COVID-19 patients died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in the early hours of Friday, a senior health department official said, taking to 75 the number of people who have succumbed at the government-run facility here in the last four days.

BOM2 MH-BLACK FUNGUS-DEATHS Black fungus has claimed 52 lives in Maha so far: Official By Nikhil Deshmukh Mumbai: As many as 52 people have died due to Mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection, in Maharashtra since the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a senior health department official said on Friday.

BOM8 MH-BLACK FUNGUS-PUNE 270 black fungus cases reported in Pune; therapy SOPs framed Pune: Around 270 cases of Mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection, have been reported so far in Pune district, prompting a government task force to come up with a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for patient management in hospitals, officials said on Friday.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-OXYGEN PRODUCTION Maha to raise its oxygen production capacity to 3,000 MT: Ajit Pune: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said the state government has set a target of producing 3,000 metric tonnes of oxygen per day to ensure that the state does not face paucity of the life-saving gas.

BOM5 GJ-VACCINATION-HALT Vaccination for 45-plus stopped for three days in Gujarat Ahmedabad: Inoculation of people in the age group 45 and above in Gujarat was halted for three days from Friday following a revision in the COVID-19 vaccination schedule after the Centre's decision to increase the gap between two doses of Covishield, the state government said.

BOM3 CG-NAXAL-ENCOUNTER Naxal killed in encounter in Dantewada; firearms, IED seized Dantewada: A Naxal was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarhs Dantewada district on Friday, a police official said.

BOM9 MP-MUCORMYCOSIS-CASES Four cases of black fungus infection reported in MP's Damoh Damoh: Four cases of Mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection now affecting coronavirus patients, have been reported in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh in the last two days, a health official said on Friday.

BOM1 MH-BHARAT BIOTECH-PLANT Bharat Biotech unit to make Pune plant functional by Aug-end Pune: Biovet Pvt Ltd, an associate firm of Bharat Biotech, is confident of making a plant at Manjari in Pune 'fully functional' for vaccine production by August-end, a senior administrative official has said.

BOM4 MH-CASTE PANCHAYAT-WOMAN Caste panchayat asks woman to lick spit for second marriage Mumbai: A 35-year-old woman, who married for a second time post-divorce, was ordered by a 'caste panchayat' of her community to lick spit as punishment in Maharashtra's Akola district, an official said on Friday.

BES8 GJ-RUPANI-DISC JOCKEY DJ held for hurting Guj CM's reputation through spoof video Ahmedabad: Police have detained a 30-year-old disc jockey (DJ) in Vadodara city of Gujarat on the charge of harming state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's reputation by making and uploading a video by using a part of the latter's past speech, officials said on Friday.

BES11 MH-OXYGEN-SUGAR FACTORY CM Thackeray urges sugar cooperatives to produce oxygen Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday urged the sugar cooperative industry to produce oxygen, much needed for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. PTI RSY RSY