Maharashtra on Saturday reported a further decline in new COVID-19 cases with 34,848 infections coming to light. But the state also reported 960 deaths, an increase over Friday.
The caseload increased to 53,44,063 and death toll reached 80,512, the state health department said. On Friday the state had reported 39,923 new COVID-19 cases and 695 deaths.
Of 960 fatalities, 371 had occurred in the past 48 hours, 188 last week and the rest before that but were added to the toll on Saturday, the department said. For the fourth straight day, recoveries outnumbered new cases. As many as 59,073 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the total recoveries to 47,67,053.
Maharashtras active caseload dropped below five lakh and settled at 4,94,032. The state’s COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 89.2 per cent from Friday’s 88.68 per cent, while the fatality rate was 1.51 per cent.
The case positivity rate (percentage of tested people turning out to be positive for COVID-19) was 17.33 per cent. There are 34,47,653 people in home quarantine while 28,727 are in institutional quarantine.
Mumbai city registered 1,450 new cases, taking its tally to 6,86,295, while the state capital’s fatality count rose to 14,164 with 62 new deaths. The larger Mumbai administrative division, which includes the city and its satellite towns, reported 4,672 fresh coronavirus cases and 187 deaths.
After Mumbai, 42 patients died in Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation area, 19 in Thane rural, 17 in Palghar and 14 in Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation. The Nashik division reported 5,639 new cases and 101 deaths. A majority of infections were reported from Nashik district (1,035) and Ahmednagar district (2,612).
Out of 101 fatalities in the division, Ahmednagar district reported 29 deaths followed by 24 in Jalgaon, 16 in Nashik rural and 12 in Nashik city. With 9,427 cases, Pune division reported highest cases in all the divisions besides 154 deaths.
Pune rural accounted for 2,694 new cases. Other districts and main cities in the division also reported cases in four digits — 1,782 in Pune city, 2,278 in Solapur rural and 1,655 in Satara district. Out of 154 deaths, 77 were reported from Solapur rural, 31 in Pune city, 20 from Pune rural, 14 from Solapur city and 11 from Satara district.
The Kolhapur division reported 4,261 new cases and 64 deaths. Of new infections, Kolhapur and Sangli districts added 1,309 and 1,138, respectively. Out of 64 fatalities in the division, 28 occurred in Ratnagiri and 21 in Sindhudurg district.
The Aurangabad division reported 1,329 new cases against Fridays 2,571 cases. Of 67 patients who succumbed to the infection, Aurangabad rural reported 21 deaths, Hingoli district 19 followed by 13 in Jalna.
The Latur division added 2,413 COVID-19 cases of which 1,129 came from Beed district alone. Out of 113 deaths in the Latur division, 35 were reported from Beed, 21 from Nanded rural, 26 from Latur rural and 10 from Nanded city, the department said.
The Akola division reported 3,783 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths, of which 19 were from Amravati district. The Nagpur division’s caseload went up by 3,324, of which Nagpur city contributed 811 cases.
The division reported 228 deaths including 96 in Nagpur city followed by 48 in Nagpur rural and 46 in Chandrapur district. The state conducted 2,37,264 new COVID-19 tests, taking the tally of tests to 3,08,39,404.