Mumbai: Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country with 1, 52,765 cases of COVID-19. Out of the total cases in the state, 79,815 have recovered from the coronavirus disease and 65,844 are still active. The state has reported a total of 7,106 deaths so far, the state health ministry informed.
According to the ministry, for the last two days, Maharashtra has been reporting around 5,000 new cases, reversing the trend of a slowdown in its growth rate for more than a month. The state’s daily growth rate is still under three per cent, comfortably below the current national growth rate of 3.64 per cent, but it has begun to rise after a long time.
The rise in positive cases of the coronavirus can be directly attributed to an increase in the number of testing. The health ministry informed that the Maharashtra which had been testing between 12,000 and 14,000 samples every day till the first week of this month has progressively increased the testing numbers and is now carrying out more than 23,000 to 24,000 tests every day. As a result, while it was reporting between 3,500 to 4,000 cases earlier, it has now started reporting around 5,000 each day, it defended.
It was said that the positive cases are likely to rise further in Maharashtra, as two of its main cities, Mumbai and Pune, begin deploying the rapid antigen tests. The two cities plan to test at least one lakh samples each with these newly-approved kits that provide results within half an hour.
Meanwhile, the country recorded yet another biggest single-day rise, with more than 17,000 new cases, making it the fourth worst-hit country in the world. The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 7.6 per cent over the last two days to 508,953, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare showed. This is slightly faster than the 7.5 per cent growth in the preceding 48-hour period.
The death toll has reached 15,685 after growing 5.3 per cent over the last two days.
The death count in India has nearly doubled in the last seventeen days. The number of infections is now twice what it was nineteen days ago, and if it continues to rise at the same rate, could hit the 600,000 marks in five days, experts claimed.