Maharashtra minister and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday as the state reported 27,126 new cases, the highest one-day rise since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The previous highest one-day figure was 25,833, reported on Thursday.
Taking to Twitter, Thackeray said, “On having mild symptoms of Covid-19. I had myself tested and I am COVID-19 positive.” The guardian minister of Mumbai suburbs also requested people who came in contact with him to get themselves tested.
“I urge everyone to realise that it is extremely important not to let your guard down. Please follow COVID-19 protocols and stay safe,” CM’s son said. With the detection of 3,062 cases on Friday, Mumbai reported its highest single-day spike ever.
The state’s case tally increased to 24,49,147 on Saturday, while 92 deaths took the fatality count to 53,300, a health official said. The state also discharged 13,588 people from hospitals, taking the total of recoveries to 22,03,553, while active cases stood at 1,91,006.
Pune city recorded highest 3,200 new cases, followed by 2,982 in Mumbai and 2,873 in Nagpur city. Mumbai’s Covid-19 tally increased to 3,58,896 while seven deaths took the fatality count in the country’s financial capital to 11,576.
Mumbai division reported 5,697 new cases and 15 deaths, taking the cumulative caseload to 7,88,013 and death toll to 20,043. With 1,34,025 tests carried out during the day, the state has so far tested 1,82,18,001 samples for coronavirus.
There are 9,18,408 people in home quarantine while 7,953 are in institutional quarantine. Out of 92 deaths, 56 occurred in the last 48 hours and 26 in the last week. Rest 10 deaths are from the period before the last week.
Maharashtra’s Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases: 24,49,147, new cases: 27,126, death toll: 53,300, discharged: 22,03,553, active cases: 1,91,006, people tested so far: 1,82,18,001.
The cases have been rising even as the state has increased vaccination against the deadly virus. Over 40 lakh people have received the jab in Maharashtra since the immunization drive commenced on January 16. As per the data released by the state health department, 1,89,130 persons received vaccine shots on Friday, raising the tally to 40,96,898.
The state also administered second dose of the vaccine to 13,454 healthcare workers and 22,142 frontline workers on Friday. Altogether 8,91,881 healthcare workers and 6,12,627 frontline staff have received their first dose and 4,11,500 healthcare and 1,42,588 frontline workers have taken their second shot so far.
As many as 3,47,197 people with co-morbidities in the age group of 40 to 60 years and 16,91,165 senior citizens have been vaccinated so far.
Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said a team of experts should be formed to probe the reason for the surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra compared to the other states in the country.
“I feel a team of experts should be constituted to study the surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Maharashtra is no different from other states, but then why is it witnessing such a surge in infections?” Fadnavis said. The BJP leader further claimed if the rise is due to increased testing, then there are other states that are conducting more per million tests than Maharashtra.
Fadnavis further raised concerns about the Covid-19 vaccination drive, citing that the immunisation process was being carried out slowly and the pace should be picked up.