After slipping below 5,000 for a day, new cases of COVID-19 again crossed the 6,000 mark in Maharashtra today due to a spike in Akola Division, while 51 patients are died, a multi-week high, in the state, the health department said. .
The state reported 6,218 new cases of COVID-19, up from 5,210 on Monday, bringing the total to 211,312, he said.
The state – which has seen an upsurge in COVID – 19 cases since February 10 – reported 6,112 infections on February 19, 6,281 on February 20 and 6,971 on February 21.
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported one of the highest death tolls in recent times at 51, bringing the death toll to 51,857, a health department official said. Of those 51 deaths, 32 occurred in the past 48 hours and 12 in the past week. Seven remaining deaths occurred in the run-up to last week, he said.
Vidarbha’s Akola Division reported the highest number of cases in the state at 1392, leaving behind Mumbai Division, which typically leads the daily infection tally, at 1250. Akola Division, which includes the districts of Amravati, Yavatmal, Buldhana, Washim and Akola, has become the new epicenter of COVID-19 in Maharashtra.
The city of Mumbai has reported 643 new cases, bringing the cumulative total of COVID-19 to 3,20,532. Eight more deaths brought the city’s number to 11,454, the official said. With 1,250 new cases, Mumbai’s divisions tally rose to 7,16,299, while 11 new deaths brought the tally to 19,768.
The Pune Division also reported a higher number of cases than the Mumbai Division. With 1,288 cases, the total of divisions in Pune reached 5,17,760, while the death toll was 11,716.
“The city of Pune alone has reported 679 cases, the highest by a state municipal corporation. With that, the city’s cumulative COVID-19 figures reached 2.05,437, while the death toll was 4,566, the official said.
Within Akola Division, areas under the Amravati Municipal Society reported 515 cases and other parts of District 271. Akola Town (121), Yavatmal (165) and Buldhana (161) were the other major contributors, the official said.
The COVID-19 tally in Akola Division rose to 88,761, while eight other deaths brought the tally to 1,710, he said. In addition, 5,869 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, bringing the state’s recoveries to 20,05,851, the official said.
Maharashtra now has 53,409 active cases, he said. Currently, there are 2,79,288 people in home quarantine and 2,484 in institutional quarantine. With 67,488 additional coronavirus tests statewide, the number of samples examined so far has risen to 1,58,60,912.
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