Maharashtra's daily Covid tally goes below 40,000; Mumbai sees 1,782 cases
Maharashtra on Monday registered less than 40,000 (37,236 to be exact) new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 549 related fatalities, taking the caseload and death toll to 5,138,973 and 76,398 respectively, according to the state health department's bulletin. As many as 61,607 were discharged today and the total recoveries in the state climbed to 4,469,425, the bulletin showed.
Monday's case count in Maharashtra has been the lowest since March 30 when 27,918 cases were recorded in a 24-hour time span. While on Sunday, 48,401 fresh cases were seen in the state, the lowest since April 5 this year.
The capital city Mumbai also saw a significant drop in its daily Covid-19 disease tally with 1,782 new cases, taking the caseload to 677,412. The city's death toll has climbed to 13,855 as 74 more people succumbed to the disease on Monday.
Maharashtra, the state worst-affected by the coronavirus disease, has been placed under lockdown-like restrictions till May 15 under which movement of people is barred, movie halls have been closed, and weddings restricted. Office attendance and inter-city and inter-district travel have also been curtailed.
As reported by Hindustan Times earlier, these restrictions have helped the state to control the spread of the pandemic. News agency PTI on Monday cited a survey by LocalCricles which stated that 84 per cent of the people surveyed in Maharashtra wanted these restrictions to continue.
More than 18 million beneficiaries have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 disease in Maharashtra till now. The state is currently facing a severe shortage of vaccine doses. On Sunday, it received a total of 1,053,000 of Covishield doses of which 350,000 were purchased from the Serum Institute of India (SII) for beneficiaries between 18-44 years.
The state also received 36,000 of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for inoculating beneficiaries above the age of 45, state immunisation officer DN Patil told HT.
Meanwhile, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday requested the Centre to come up with a separate application for vaccination in Maharashtra as he had received several complaints of frequent glitches in the CoWin platform.
Later in the day, Thackeray had a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Covid-19 situation in the state. During the phone call, Modi lauded Maharashtra's fight in combating the second wave of the pandemic and Thackeray informed the Prime Minister about the state's preparedness in view of the third wave of the pandemic, a statement by the chief minister's office (CMO) said.
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