A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra; tally reaches 2.61-lakh

A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra; tally reaches 2.61-lakh

Mumbai: Amid a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra recorded 6,497 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the positive cases’ figure to around 3.61-lakh while 193 more patients succumbed to the infection.

According to the state health department, among the 193 deaths, 47 were from the state capital, Mumbai. With 193 fresh deaths, the toll rose to 10,482, said a statement from the health department here. At least 4,182 people were discharged from hospitals in the state, pushing up the number of recoveries to 1, 44,507, the statement said.
The second-largest city of the state, Pune saw a spike of 1,333 new cases – the highest single-day spike – taking the tally close to the 40,000-mark.

Lockdown has been enforced in Pune to check the spread of coronavirus cases. Maharashtra has announced a total lockdown in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and other parts of the state. Shops are closed, and police personnel were seen checking vehicles in Pune. Over three-fourth of police, strength has been deployed on the ground to enforce the lockdown in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad and its surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the lockdown has been imposed in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and around 24 villages in the district in view of increasing numbers of positive cases. The 10-day lockdown beginning today is being observed in a two-phase manner. The first phase is for the first five days during which only pharmacies, milk vendors, and hospitals are allowed to function. During the second phase, more essential items will be allowed after reviewing the situation.

On the other hand, the Disaster Management Authority, led by the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has reaffirmed its earlier decision not to conduct the final year examination because of COVID-19 crisis.

The Coronavirus cases are increasing sharply across the country for the last few days. In just three days, India has added another 1-lakh COVID case to its tally, with 28,498 fresh cases being recorded in the last 24 hours while 553 deaths were also recorded during the period.