Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: Maharashtra recorded 6,741 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and now has 2.67 lakh cases. With 213 deaths, the toll across the state went up to 10,695. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region accounted for 134 deaths Tuesday, which is 62 per cent of the total 213 deaths.
Although Mumbai recorded a dip in new cases Tuesday — 954 new cases as compared to 1,158 registered cases a day before, the capital is expected to reach the 1 lakh mark by the coming weekend. With the caseload of 95,100 infections, Mumbai recorded 17,442 coronavirus positive cases within a fortnight.
At least 4,182 people were discharged from hospitals in the state, pushing up the number of recoveries to 1,44,507, the statement said. As per the health department, 6,87,353 people are under home quarantine and 41,660 in institutional quarantine.
Meanwhile, state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Monday 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.
A 38-year-old policeman died of COVID-19 in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Monday, the police said. The deceased, a police naik, was a resident of Murbad taluka in neighbouring Thane district. He was attached to the Valiv police station at Vasai in Palghar. After he tested positive for coronavirus, he was admitted to a hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. Navadkar said 135 personnel in the district have so far tested positive for coronavirus and two of them have died.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), including Mumbai city, accounted for the highest 3,807 cases, taking the tally to 1,76,867.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), including Mumbai city, accounted for the highest 3,807 cases, taking the tally to 1,76,867, while the death toll rose to 7,398. Out of the total 193 fatalities, 117 occurred in the MMR, which includes areas of districts adjoining Mumbai.
In the MMR, Thane city and Kalyan-Dombivali, the two satellite cities which are among the worst-hit areas, saw their count rising to 15,110 and 15,105 cases, respectively. Kalyan-Dombivali registered 494 new cases, while Nashik city recorded 148 fresh infections.
Pimpri-Chinchwad in Pune district logged 367 new cases. Jalgaon district saw 179 new cases, Aurangabad district 105 and Jalna district recorded 100 fresh infections, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided that final year marks will be decided by the performance in previous semesters and aggregate marks, while students wanting to appear for exams will be given the opportunity once the pandemic is over.
“Universities have been directed to issue graduation certificates to students who don’t wish to appear for the examinations. Those who wish to appear for it must give us their request in writing,” state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said.