Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: The coronavirus death toll in Maharashtra breached the 20,000-mark on Sunday after 288 patients succumbed to the infection, a state health official said. The state reported 11,111 new positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall tally to 5,95,865, he said. The number of deaths caused by the infection now stands at 20,037, the official said. A total of 8,837 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on Sunday, taking the count of such persons to 4,17,123.
There are 1,58,395 active cases in the state now, the official added. Mumbai reported 1,010 new cases and 47 deaths. This took the number of cases in the city to 1,28,726 and death toll to 7,133. The number of active cases in Mumbai are 17,825 now, he added.
So far 31,62,740 tests have been carried out in the state. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 5,95,865, deaths 20,037, recoveries 4,17,123, active cases 1,58,395 and people tested so far 31,62,740.
(With PTI inputs)
PMC health staff conduct thermal scanning in a society on Sinhagad road, Pune, on Thursday. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)
Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis Saturday termed Maharashtra as the “COVID capital” of the country, PTI reported. He stressed that testing needs to be ramped up to check the spread of coronavirus and to bring the fatality rate under control.
“Maharashtra has become the COVID capital of the country as the state accounts for 24 per cent of the total number of cases in India. The state also accounts for 41 per cent of the total deaths in the country,” Fadnavis said.
“Conducting antigen tests is a good thing but the number of RT-PCR tests should be increased,” the former CM said, adding that the current ratio of RT-PCR and antigen tests is 1:2, which should be equal.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Corporation Minister Balasaheb Patil tested positive for coronavirus and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Karad, reported PTI.
The NCP leader tested positive on Friday night, according to a statement issued by his office.
Earlier, Maharashtra ministers Ashok Chavan and Aslam Shaikh of the Congress, Jitendra Ahwad, Dhananjay Munde and Sanjay Bansode of NCP, and Abdul Sattar of the Shiv Sena have tested positive for the virus and recovered from it.