Mumbai : Maharashtra continued to witness highest single-day spike in the number of COVID-19 fatalities on Friday, taking the death toll in the state to 2,894. According to the union health ministry sources, Maharashtra recorded a new high of 123 Covid-19 deaths in last 24 hours. The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 2.17 lakh with a record number of over 9,000 new cases.
The state has been witnessing a rise in the number of deaths for a past few days. Along with that, Maharashtra also surpassed the grim milestone of 80,000 novel coronavirus cases since the outbreak. There are currently 80,229 Covid-19 patients in the state after 2,436 more patients tested positive on Friday. In terms of case count, Maharashtra is loosely followed by Tamil Nadu which has more than 28,000 cases and over 200 deaths.
After nearly 70 days of lockdown, all markets, market areas, and shops sans malls are reopening across the state after Maharashtra government eased restrictions during lockdown 5.0. On one day, all shops on one side of the road will stay open, while all shops on the other side of the road will remain open the next day. The activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest control, and technicians are also allowed.
Meanwhile, Dharavi, one of the most affected Coronavirus areas in Mumbai, witnessed a drop in cases as only 17 new positive cases were reported on Friday. With this, the total number of coronavirus positive cases has climbed to 1,889. According to the latest information shared by the BMC, Dadar also reported a drop in cases as seven persons tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Mahim reported 24 new cases on Friday.
Cases of COVID-19 have surged past 2.27-lakh across the country on Friday after states added more than 9,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. On the other hand, the death toll in the country reached 6,348. As many as 273 deaths were reported across the country in last 24 hours, the highest toll in a single day since the outbreak.