Maharashtra continued to witness a significant surge in Covid-19 cases. The state reported 6,159 fresh cases on Wednesday which took the case tally to 17,95,959. In the past 24 hours, 4,844 patients have also recovered and the total recoveries stand at 16,63,723, with the recovery rate decreasing incrementally to 92.64%.
With 65 more people succumbing to the viral infection in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll in the state mounted to 46,748.
The rise in cases has to be viewed in the context of the high number of samples (90,000) tested in the last 24 hours.
‘A total of 1,04,56,962 laboratory samples tested thus far, 17,95,959 (case positivity rate of 17.17%) have returned positive,’ state surveillance officer Dr. Pradeep Awate told The Hindu, adding that the state’s case fatality rate has declined to 2.60%.
‘We’ve asked the district corporations to focus on super spreaders, those who have more social contacts and act as a catalyst to disease spread. We are also focusing on comorbid people,’ said Awate.
As per district administration figures, the active cases have risen to 10,310, while its recovery rate has dipped to 94.51%.
Mumbai sees spike in active COVID-19 cases, fresh recoveries
Mumbai reported 1,144 new cases in the last 24 hours against 939 people on Tuesday,
to take its tally to 2,78,597, of which 13,734 are active. With 17 fatalities, the city’s toll has risen to 10,725.
The average number of cases in Mumbai was between 500 and 800 last week. BMC officials, however, denied the surge of Covid cases in Mumbai, saying that the extra numbers were the results of increased testing.
Pune district reported over 1,000 new cases to take its total case tally to 3,48,814, while six deaths saw its toll reach 7,304.
Nagpur district reported over 300 new cases, taking its tally to 1,11,980, of which just 3,475 are active. Eight deaths took the toll to 2,929.
Satara reported 11 deaths to take its toll to 1,620. As many as 157 fresh cases saw its tally rise to 51,608, of which 2,487 are active.
Neighbouring Sangli reported just 60 cases and a single death as its caseload reached 48,390, of which just 903 are active. Its death toll has climbed to 1,714.
Kolhapur division has reported 1,12,772 cases and 3,902 deaths till now, while Aurangabad division”s case tally stood at 66,837 and death count at 1,680.
In north Maharashtra, Nashik reported more than 350 cases and a single death as its total case tally reached 103,297, of which 2,095 are active. Its toll stands at 1,682.
Neighbouring Jalgaon reported just 47 cases and no deaths as its total case tally reached 54,738, of which only 1,095 are active, while its death toll stands at 1,382.
A total of 5,29,344 people in the State are in-home quarantine and 6,980 are in institutional quarantine.
Dr. Awate said, “We have directed the district authorities to ramp up the infrastructure, as we had anticipated a surge. The districts that are lagging in preparedness for the projected surge will upgrade themselves in the next few days. The experience they gained during the first peak will help them in preparations for the second wave. We have set up liquid oxygen supply plants in 16 districts and it is underway in 14 other districts.”