Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: As Maharashtra became the first state to cross a million Covid-19 cases on Friday, north Maharashtra and Marathwada regions are facing shortage of medical oxygen supply. Every day, around 2,000 to 3,000 new patients require oxygen support across the state, with critical ones requiring 40 to 60 litre a minute.
Major oxygen generation or oxygen conversion plants are located in Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Nagpur belt, leaving remaining districts to struggle with lack of supply. “A geographical mismatch has led to issues in some parts of the state, but we are taking steps to resolve this,” said Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas.
On Friday, the government released a standard operating procedure and guidelines for hotels, lodges and resorts, which have been permitted to resume operations at 100 per cent capacity. Barring containment zones, hotels, resorts, homestays, farm stays etc in rest of the state will be allowed to operate.
While the total of cases reached 10,15,681, the death toll due to the pandemic reached 28,724 with 393 new fatalities reported across the state.
A worker sanitises PMPML buses in Pune.
Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune coronavirus LIVE news updates:
The number of recovered COVID-19 patients increased to 7,15,023 with 14,308 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra’s recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is 70.4 per cent and fatality rate is 2.83 per cent.
So far 50.72 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state.
The positivity rate of COVID-19 tests is 20 per cent in the state.
16,47,742 people are in home quarantine and 38,487 in institutional quarantine.
On Friday, the highest 2,367 cases were recorded in Pune city, followed by 2,191 cases in Mumbai and 1,555 in Pune district.
The highest 44 deaths were reported in Mumbai, followed by 43 in Nagpur city and 29 in Pune city.
Of the 2,71,566 active cases in Maharashtra, the 72,835 cases are in Pune district.