Maharashtra crosses 80,000 cases of COVID-19

Mumbai: The state continues to be the epicentre of the COVID-19 spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with well over 80,000 positive cases of infection and more than 2,850 deaths. As many as 2,436 COVID-19 cases were reported from the state in the past 24 hours, the ministry informed.

The continuing rise in cases poses a severe challenge for the state’s strained medical capacity and overburdened health system.

The most shocking news is that over the last two days, Jalgaon, a tier-4 city in the state, has had 35 deaths – more than Chennai and Pune, and the fourth-highest during the period.

According to the health ministry, Maharashtra has the highest toll in the country so far due to COVID-19, followed by Gujarat (1,190), Delhi (708), Madhya Pradesh (384), and West Bengal (366). These five states have recorded 83 per cent of all COVID-related deaths in India so far. Deaths have surged the most in Bihar, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu in the last seven days.

The experts warned that the number of coronavirus infections is likely to keep increasing in the coming days, as India’s testing numbers continue to grow. According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, over 45.24-lakh samples have been tested so far, including 1.38 lakh in the past 24 hours.

According to available information, Maharashtra has 42,224 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 15,311 and Tamil Nadu with 12,700 active cases. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 4,901 active cases and West Bengal fifth with 4,025 cases. Out of the 115,942 active cases in India as of Saturday morning, the top five states together have 68 per cent and the top ten states account for 81 per cent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases. As many as 114,073 patients have now been discharged in India.

Among districts, Mumbai, Chennai, Thane, Ahmedabad, and Pune have seen the biggest jump in confirmed cases in the last two days. These five districts account for 43 per cent of the new cases over this period.

The health ministry informed that so far, 315 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (1,519 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (968) in Gujarat, Pune (387) and Thane (309) in Maharashtra, and Kolkata (238) in West Bengal. These five districts now account for 59 per cent of deaths in the country. Chennai (187) in Tamil Nadu, Indore (148) in Madhya Pradesh, Jalgaon (109) in Maharashtra, Jaipur (102) in Rajasthan, and Solapur (94) in Maharashtra are the other districts with the highest tolls. The top ten districts account for 69 per cent of all the deaths nationally, it stated.

In the past 24 hours, two Maharashtra Police personnel have succumbed to the novel coronavirus. However, no cops have tested positive for the viral infection in the past 24 hours. The total number of police personnel who have tested positive for the virus is at 2,561 while the toll stands at 33.

India has now Surpassed Italy in the number of coronavirus cases, taking a tally of 2.35-lakh cases on Saturday, sixth-most highest spot worldwide.