Maharashtra’s new COVID-19 cases on Thursday breached the 11,000-mark, while 266 more deaths were recorded, health officials said. Touching a new high, the state saw 11,147 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous peak of 10,576 on July 22.
With the fresh fatalities, the state’s death toll went up to 14,729, while the total cases touched 411,798 – both highest in the country. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally is now higher than Mexico which has 408,449 cases, ranking 6th on the Worldometer, the global corona dashboard. This comes a day after the state overtook Peru.
According to Thursday’s figures, there was one death roughly every 5 minutes and a stupendous 464 new cases every hour. The state recovery rate, however, increased for the fifth consecutive day, zooming up from 59.84 per cent to 60.37 per cent on Thursday, while the current mortality rate stood at 3.58 per cent.
The Health Department said that of the total cases till date, 148,150 are active. Also on the positive side, 8,860 recovered patients returned home on Thursday – the highest till date – taking the total number of discharged patients to 248,615.
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In terms of deaths, Mumbai was again overtaken by Pune which shot to the top with 83 deaths.
With 53 more deaths, Mumbai’s toll shot up to 6,300 and the number of corona cases increased by 1,208 to 113,199 now.
There were also 30 fatalities in Thane, 11 in Nanded, 10 each in Solapur and Satara, nine in Nashik, eight each in Raigad and Jalgaon, seven in Ahmednagar, six in Aurangabad, five each in Palghar and Ratnagiri, four in Latur, three each in Kolhapur, Sangli and Osmanabad, two in Nagpur, and one each in Dhule, Nandurbar, Amravati, Buldhana, Parbhani, and Washim.
The MMR (Thane division) remains on the edge, although the daily toll dropped to two digits for the first time in over a week, at 96, taking the toll to 9,510 while 3,499 new cases took up the tally to 236,422.
Thane district’s cases have risen to 91,784 with 2,525 fatalities to emerge as the second worst-hit district after Mumbai in the state. Pune district now has 86,225 cases, with the death toll increasing to 2,028 on Thursday.
With 103 more fatalities, the Pune division’s death toll has reached 2,662 and the case tally touched 98,802.
Nashik division has 1,162 fatalities and 32,593 cases, followed by Aurangabad division with 585 deaths and 16,780 cases, Akola division with 245 fatalities and 7,121 cases, Kolhapur division with 221 deaths and 8,712 cases, Latur division with 216 fatalities and 5,126 cases, and Nagpur division with 80 deaths and 5,865 cases – the only division now in the sub-100 death figure range.
Continuing the trend for the second week, all the eight divisions recorded fatalities on Thursday, while Chandrapur maintains its status as a zero Covid death district.
Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased to 904,141 now, while those in institutional quarantine went down to 40,546.