Maharashtra continues to see sharp rise in COVID cases, 60,212 infections today -

Maharashtra continues to see sharp rise in COVID cases, 60,212 infections today

As many as 60,212 fresh COVID19 cases have been reported from Maharashtra today and with this the active number of cases reached 5,93,042. The total tally was pushed to 35,19,208 with today’s count, the state health department said. Meanwhile, the state also reported 281 deaths in the time span of just 24 hours.

The state health bulletin also said that, out of the 2,25,60,051 laboratory sample 35,19,208 have been tested positive for COVID-19 until today. The positivity rate stands at 15.6%. Meanwhile, the state also recorded 31,624 discharges today, taking the recovery total to 28,66,097.

Currently, 32,94,398 people are in home quarantine while 30,399 people are in institutional quarantine in the state. Maharashtra’s case recovery rate is 81.44 per cent and the fatality rate is 1.66 per cent, the department said.

Mumbai recorded 7,873 new cases and 27 fatalities, taking the tally to 5,35,264 and the toll to 12,093. Mumbai division, including Mumbai city and satellite towns, recorded 16,596 cases and 46 deaths during the day,taking the count of cases to 11,15,194 and the fatalities to 21,245.

Nashik division reported 8,650 cases including 2,659in Nashik city. Pune division saw 12,372 fresh infections including5,214 in Pune city.

In view of the alarming rise in cases, the state government has announced a 15-day long statewide curfew from 8 pm on April 14.

The restrictions will be in effect till 7am, 1 May. “All establishments, public places, activities to remain closed. Essential services exempted, their operations to be unrestricted,” accoding to a notification by the Maharashtra government.

The decision was taken after the state is witnessing a fresh surge in the covid-19 cases. The state of Maharashtra is continually reporting over 50,000 new covid-19 cases for the last few days.

Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes to be closed. Shooting for films, serial,ads to be closed. All shops, malls,shopping centres not performing essential services to also remain closed from 8pm, 14th Apr till 7am, 1st May

“Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel/ restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed,” said Uddhav Thackeray.

Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, account for 80.80 per cent of fresh COVID-19 cases reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday as 1,61,736 new infections were registered in 24 hours.

The other states in the list of 10 are Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kerala.

(With inputs from agencies)

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