Maharashtra continues to register over 5,000 new Covid cases for 2nd day in row
Maharashtra on Thursday breached the 5,000-mark for the second day in a row with 5,108 new Covid-19 cases and 159 deaths. Mumbai’s saw 398 new cases with seven deaths.
The state’s Covid-19 tally has now reached 6,442,788, while the toll stands at 136,730. There are currently 50,393 active cases across the state, of which Pune tops with 13,085 followed by Thane with 7,092, and Satara with 5,381.
The state government is likely to request the state election commission to postpone the coming municipal corporation and district council election to prevent further spike in Covid cases.
State health minister Rajesh Tope said, “The third wave is imminent; hence it would be better if elections are postponed in Maharashtra. Chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray), deputy chief minister (Ajit Pawar) and members of the state task force will explain to the concerned authority why it is necessary to postpone polls in the state.”
“We want the state election commission not to make any announcement before consulting the state government as we all are worried about the anticipated third wave,” said a senior minister on the condition of anonymity.