Active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra surge to 52,558
Maharashtra reported 3,579 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, following which its tally surged to 1,981,623.
The toll has surged to 50,291 after the state reported 70 new Covid-19 fatalities. Of the 70 deaths, 44 occurred in the previous 48 hours, 11 were from last week.
The remaining 15 deaths are from the period before last week. The case fatality rate in the state is at 2.54%.
The state reported 3,309 recoveries on Thursday, taking the total number of recovered patients to 1,877,588 and the recovery rate to 94.75%.
The active caseload in the state also rose marginally on Thursday from 52,365 to 52,558. The number of active cases had slipped below 50,000 on January 4, but later rose to 54,179 on January 10. Health department officials have attributed the surge in the active cases to delayed accounting of recoveries, as the daily cases have not shown any significant jump.
In the past 24 hours, 61,104 samples were tested, after which the number of total tests rose to 13,623,298. The positivity rate stands at 14.55%.
Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 607 new cases on Thursday, taking its Covid-19 tally of 301,081. Nine deaths pushed the toll to 11,221, even as the active caseload stood at 7,334.
Pune district tops the list with the most number of active cases at 15,601, followed by Thane district, which has five municipal corporations and a district portion, with 9,910 active cases.