Mumbai COVID tally dips as cases up in other districts in Maharashtra

Mumbai COVID tally dips as cases up in other districts in Maharashtra

Mumbai: The state capital, Mumbai recorded a dip in fresh cases of COVID-19 — 954 as compared to 1,158 registered cases a day before in last 24 hours. However, the metro is expected to reach the one-lakh mark by the coming weekend. With the caseload of 95,100 infections, Mumbai recorded 17,442 coronavirus positive cases within a fortnight.

According to the state health ministry, Maharashtra recorded 6,741 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours and now has around 2.70- lakh cases. With 213 deaths, the toll across the state went up to around 10,800 and touching 11,000 marks. The state capital accounted for 134 deaths in last 24 hours that is 62 per cent of the total 213 deaths.

On the hand, the fatality rate in Maharashtra has come down to 4 per cent from 4.5 per cent recorded end-June indicating measures like increased testing, early intervention and better bed management can help reduce deaths. At least 22 districts continue to have fewer than 1,000 Covid-19 cases, with Chandrapur and Gadchiroli recording fewer than 150 cases each. The highest deaths are in Mumbai which recorded 5,405 deaths, followed by Pune 907 and Thane at 597 deaths.

In view of increasing cases In Pune, the district administration imposed a lockdown in Pune and its neighbouring areas. During the lockdown in Pune, there has been significantly less. While the lockdown has been imposed from Tuesday, industries in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad have remained operational. Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has said that the 10-day lockdown in Pimpri-Chinchwad will check the growing number of coronavirus cases, and provide time to authorities to set up more facilities for COVID19 patients.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra minister for Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant reiterated the state government’s stand that conducting final-year university exams as per the revised guidelines of the UGC would not be feasible due to the coronavirus outbreak. Samant said the state government was not against holding exams but was of the view that it would be improper to do so amid the outbreak.

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