COVID-19 : State crosses 4-lakh cases

Mumbai : The Maharashtra state on Thursday crossed the marks of 4-lakh COVID-19 cases. The state recorded 9,211 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking its tally to 4, 00,651. With 298 deaths, the toll in the state now rose to 14,463. There are 1.46,129 people being treated for the disease. More than 20 lakh people have been tested so far.

On the other hand, the state capital, Mumbai reported 1,109 cases on the same day, taking its total to 1, 11,991. The city registered 60 deaths, taking the toll to 6,247. Mumbai’s Dharavi reported six new coronavirus cases on Thursday, which took its overall count to 2,551. The number of active COVID-19 cases from the area has gone down to 80.

While extending the on-going Lockdown till August 31, the Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar said the state remains “threatened with the spread of Covid-19”, adding that restrictions would be eased in a “phase wise manner.”

Under the new guidelines announced by the state, malls and market complexes will be allowed to function from 9 am to 7 pm. However, theatres, food courts and restaurants will remain closed. Further, the night curfew will remain in place in the state despite the Centre doing away with it.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Thursday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Pune district, which has recorded more than 78,000 cases so far and seen a spurt in infections in recent weeks. He chaired a meeting of elected representatives, including MP and MLAs, and took stock of the COVID-19 situation and the local administration’s response to the pandemic so far.