Maharashtra recorded 36,902 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest one-day rise since the pandemic began. State capital Mumbai also witnessed a record rise of 5,515 cases during the day, health officials said.
The caseload in the state rose to 26,37,735, taking its positivity rate to 13. 86 per cent. With 112 fatalities reported on Friday, the death toll reached 53,907. Looking at the alarming rise in cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier in the day ordered night curfew in the entire state from Sunday (March 28) onwards.
Mumbai reported 5,515 new cases, its highest daily rise till now, while the nearby Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation reported 1,020 cases, its highest rise so far. Pune city and neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad reported 3,679 and 1,782 new cases, respectively. As many as 1,686 cases were reported in other areas of the Pune district.
In the Marathwada region, Aurangabad city reported 1,563 cases while 617 cases were detected in the Nanded city. Jalna district, which shares border with Aurangabad district, reported 607 cases.
Nagpur city and Nagpur district (barring the city) added 3,055 and 1,102 cases, respectively. With the discharge of 17,019 patients from hospitals, the recovery count in the state increased to 23,00,056.
There are 2,82,451 active cases now. As many as 1,56,685 coronavirus tests were carried out on Friday, taking the total to 1,90,35,439.
Maharashtra’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases: 26,37,735, new cases: 36,902, death toll: 53,907, discharged: 23,00,056, active cases: 2,82,451, people tested so far: 1,90,35,439.
Meanwhile, Punjab reported the highest single-day spike of 3,176 COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the tally to 2,26,059, while 59 more people died due to the infection. The state had seen this year’s maximum single-day spike of 2,700 infections on Thursday. It had recorded the highest single-day rise of 2,896 cases on September 17 last year.
According to a medical bulletin, 59 fatalities in the state took the death toll to 6,576, The number of active COVID-19 cases increased from 21,405 on Thursday to 22,652, it said. Jalandhar reported a maximum of 494 cases,Mohali 409, Ludhiana395, Amritsar 304, and Patiala 285, among districts, which witnessed new cases. The districts which saw deaths included Jalandhar (14), Hoshiarpur (14) and Ludhiana (5).
A total of 1,816 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, taking the number of those recovered to 1,96,831, the bulletin said. There are 25 critical patients who are on ventilator support, while 304 are on oxygen support, it said.
A total of 57,82,674 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, Chandigarh reported 248 COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 25,604.
The death of four more persons took the toll to 372, according to the bulletin. The number of active cases rose from 2,286 on Thursday to 2,392 on Friday, it said. A total of 138 patients were discharged after they recovered from the infection, taking the snumber of those recovered to 22,840, the bulletin said.
A total of 3,02,049 samples have been taken for testing so far and of them, 2,75,427 tested negative while reports of 279 samples were awaited, it said.