Maharashtra on Sunday reported 4,092 new cases taking the overall caseload to 20,64,278. The city registered 645 cases, pushing the city’s total to 3,14,076.
State officials attributed the rise to higher testing over the weekend. However, while an average of 54,000 tests were carried out last week, it dropped to 48,000 during the weekend. The state Covid-19 task force as well as the central team that visited recently have recommended more testing in 14 districts with a higher positivity rate.
Almost 36k active cases in state now, 4.2k in city
This is the fifth consecutive day cases have risen in both the state and city. Apart from Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Amravati, Nagpur and Nashik are mainly contributing to the daily addition in cases.
The state also reported 40 deaths which took the state’s toll to 51,529. Mumbai reported four deaths, which took the toll to 11,419. Of the 40 deaths, 15 occurred in the last 48 hours and seven in the last week. The remaining 18 deaths were reported over a period of one week. MMR reported 13 deaths from two cities, Mumbai (4) and Raigad (9). Cases in Pune circle also saw a rise with 750 registered in the last 24 hours and six deaths from Satara.
The active cases in the state have increased by over 2,600, while the city recorded a marginal rise in a day. The active cases in the state are now 35,965, including Mumbai’s 4,193. State’s health bulletin said currently 1.7 lakh people are under quarantine while 1,747 are in institutional quarantine. A state official said the number of patients discharged has crossed 19.7 lakh.
Within MMR, Kalyan Dombivli added the second highest cases (118) after Mumbai. However, Raigad reported the highest deaths (9) from MMR, more than double that of Mumbai. State officials, however, said all the Raigad deaths occurred in previous weeks and not in the last 48 hours.