The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases and deaths continued to rise in Maharashtra as the State crossed the 3,000-case mark on Thursday, with 286 new cases being reported. The tally went up to 3,202, while the death toll surged to 194 with seven new deaths.
Maharashtra has the highest death toll (more than 40%) and the highest number of positive cases in the country, accounting for a fourth of India’s total positive cases.
Three of the new fatalities were reported from Mumbai, taking the city’s death toll to 117. The majority of the new cases in the State — 170 of the 286 — were reported from the city, followed by Pune district, which reported 66 fresh cases, including three from Pimpri-Chinchwad. With the new cases, Mumbai city’s tally of COVID-19 positive cases alone has crossed the 2,000-mark to reach 2,073.
Pune reported four deaths, taking its death toll to 46. According to Pune divisional authorities, three of the dead were women. A 65-year-old woman from the Wakdewadi area, who was suffering from high blood pressure, a 54-year-old woman from Ganj Peth, and a 47-year-old woman from Kondhwa who had a kidney ailment, said Divisional Commissioner Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar.
Pune district’s cumulative tally has touched 473 cases, with 435 of these from Pune city, around 40 of them from Pimpri-Chinchwad, and the rest from the district’s rural parts.
Solapur district in the Pune division witnessed a sharp spike, reporting ten new cases. Nine of them were contacts of a woman who had been previously diagnosed with COVID-19. This woman had come into contact with a recently deceased shopkeeper who had tested positive for the virus, said district authorities.
Thirteen cases were reported from Thane district, a further 11 from Nagpur, four from Malegaon in Nashik district in north Maharashtra, and fresh cases were reported from Panvel, Vasai-Virar and Navi Mumbai, as well as the Ahmednagar and Chandrapur districts. State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate said that 300 patients across the State had been discharged till date following full recovery, while more than 71,000 people were currently in home quarantine and 6,108 people in institutional quarantine.
Since the beginning of this week, Pune has reported more than 15 deaths and 200 new cases, prompting authorities to completely seal-off areas under 15 police stations within the city.
The bulk of the 430-odd COVID-19 cases in Pune city have originated from the heart of ‘Old Pune’, especially the Kasba Peth, Bhavani Peth, Bibwewadi and Sahakarnagar areas which account for more than 200 cases, while the Hadapsar, Dhole-Patil Road and Wanorie areas account for nearly 100 cases.
In north Maharashtra, Malegaon in Nashik district, which has reported more than 40 cases, is fast emerging as a virus hotspot after some people, believed to have attended the Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat conclave, had tested positive there.
The State has reported more than 1,000 new cases and 45 deaths over a five-day period.