Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 25,833 new coronavirus cases, the hightest one-day spike since last March when the first coronavirus infection was detected. It took the caseload to 2,396,340, said a health official. With 58 fatalities, the death toll jumped to 53,138.
The earlier record was 24,886 cases, reported on September 11 last year.
The state is in the beginning of second Covid-19 wave, a central team report had said earlier this week.
On Thursday, 12,764 patients were discharged from hospitals, the highest in single day this year. The total of recoveries now stands at 2,175,565. There are 166,353 active cases in the state.
Nagpur city on the second consecutive day recorded highest number of new Covid-19 cases at 2,926, followed by 2,877 in Mumbai and 2,791 in Pune city.
Pune division comprising civic bodies of Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad as well as districts of Pune, Solapur and Satara reported cumulative 5,583 new cases, highest among the divisions. Mumbai’s Covid-19 tally increased to 352,851 and eight deaths took the fatality count to 11,559.
With 121,335 tests carried out on Thursday, the state has so far tested 17,956,830 samples.
There are 813,211 people in home quarantine while 7,079 are in institutional quarantine.
Out of 58 deaths, 38 occurred in the last 48 hours and 15 in the last week. Remaining five deaths are from the period before the last week.
Night curfew necessary
Mumbai mayor on Thursday urged all Mumbaikars to work together to prevent the lockdown and warned about the necessity of imposing night curfew in the current situation to check the virus spread. “I think imposing a night curfew is necessary right now. We are also considering shifting the crowded markets to new sites. All Mumbaikars need to work together to prevent a lockdown,” Mayor Kishori Pednekar said.
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