Mumbai, May 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-HOSPITALS Maha fixes price cap on pvt hospitals treating COVID-19 cases Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has come out with three slabs on per day charges on treatment of COVID-19 patients in private and charitable hospitals and also decided to regulate rates for 80 per cent of the operational bed capacity in these medical facilities.

BOM6 MH-VIRUS-BJP PROTEST Maha BJP holds anti-govt protest over COVID-19 handling Mumbai: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday led the opposition party's state-wide protest against the 'failure' of the Shiv Sena-headed Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to curb the coronavirus spread in Maharashtra.

BOM4 MH-BJP PROTEST-NCP NCP attacks BJP over its protest during COVID-19 crisis Mumbai: As the BJP protested 'failure' of the Uddhav Thackeray government in containing the novel coronavirus spread, the ruling NCP on Friday asked the opposition party whether it is insulting COVID-19 warriors and committing 'treason' with Maharashtra.

BOM5 MH-BJP PROTEST-SAAMANA Anti-govt protest amid pandemic will boomerang on BJP: Sena Mumbai: The ruling Shiv Sena on Friday said the Maharashtra BJP's agitation against the Uddhav Thackeray-led government during the COVID-19 pandemic will boomerang on the opposition party.

BOM3 MP-VIRUS-INDORE 76 more test coronavirus positive in Indore; tally up to 2850 Indore: As many as 76 more people tested positive for coronavirus in Indore in the last 24 hours, taking up the number of such cases to 2,850, an official said on Friday.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-DRUG Pune hospital to use new drug for COVID-19 treatment Pune: At least 25 COVID-19 patients, who are in a semi-critical condition at Pune's government-run Sassoon General Hospital, will be administered tocilizumab, a drug which has proven effective in treating the infection, an official said on Friday.

BOM9 GJ-VIRUS-TWINS Newborn twins become Gujarat's youngest coronavirus patients Mehsana: Twin brother and sister, born six days ago in Gujarat's Mehsana district, have tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the state's youngest patients for the viral infection, an official said on Friday.

BOM8 MP-VIRUS-NONAGENARIAN 95-year-old woman recovers from COVID-19 in Indore Indore: A 95-year-old woman, who had tested COVID-19 positive in Indore, has recovered from the infection and discharged from a city-based hospital, officials said on Friday.

LGB1 MH-HC-VIRUS-BURIAL GROUNDS No evidence to show COVID-19 spreads through corpses: HC Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday said the Mumbai civic corporation has power to designate any cemetery or burial ground for disposal of bodies of COVID-19 victims and noted there was no scientific study to show that the novel coronavirus spreads through cadavers.

BES4 CG-VIRUS-CASES C'garh records 16 fresh COVID-19 cases; tally reaches 148 Raipur: At least 16 more people, mostly migrant labourers, tested positive for COVID-19 in Chhattisgarh on Friday, taking the state's tally to 148, a health official here said.

BES7 MH-LD FIRE Major fire at chemical factory in Pune district; none hurt Pune: major fire broke out at a chemical manufacturing unit in Pune district on Friday morning, officials said.

LGB3 MH-HC-VIRUS-BMC COVID-19: BMC tells HC steps it has taken to combat outbreak Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation told the Bombay High Court on Friday that it had started 13 mobile clinics in the metropolis, and had also started making door to door medical visits to screen people for novel coronavirus symptoms.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-NASHIK 23 more test COVID-19 positive in Nashik district; tally 890 Nashik: With 23 more persons testing positive for coronavirus, the tally in Nashik district of Maharashtra has gone up to 890, officials said on Friday. PTI RSY RSY