Maharashtra's single-day Covid-19 tally rises slightly with 6,857 new cases; Mumbai logs 403 infections
Maharashtra’s daily tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) saw a slight increase on Wednesday as 6,857 fresh cases were registered in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 6,282,914, according to the health department’s bulletin.
As many as 286 patients succumbed to the viral disease and 6,105 recovered in the said period, taking the cumulative count of deaths and recoveries to 132,145 and 6,064,856 respectively. The active cases stand at 82,545, an increase from 82,082 cases on Tuesday.
Maharashtra on Tuesday had recorded 6,258 cases and 254 more deaths.
The capital city Mumbai’s caseload climbed to 735,162 on Wednesday as 403 people were detected Covid-19 positive in the last 24 hours. Six more people died in the city and the toll has climbed to 15,860.
Authorities in Maharashtra have so far tested 47,369,757 samples for Covid-19 of which 193,042 were tested on Wednesday, the health department’s bulletin showed.
As Maharashtra continues to remain under lockdown-like restrictions, more relaxations are expected in the next few days, state minister Aslam Shaikh said on Wednesday, adding a decision will be taken in this regard soon.
“Our ministers feel that people who are vaccinated with two doses should be permitted to travel. Timings in restaurants also must be increased,” Shaikh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. His comments come in the backdrop of commercial establishments demanding more flexibility in their working hours to revive their business which has been hard hit by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, health minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday that the state government is preparing for the third wave of infections, adding an emphasis is being laid on paediatrics.
Pointing out that the surge in infections in Kerala can be seen as the beginning of the wave, Tope said, “According to the govt and ICMR we’ve laid emphasis on pediatrics. We’ve kept oxygen, beds, medical staff and medicines prepared.”
Tope also reiterated the demand for more vaccines as Maharashtra has a high infection and death rate due to Covid-19 and the state government wants to inoculate eligible beneficiaries as soon as possible.
(With agency inputs)