Maharashtra sees less than 12,000 Covid-19 cases in a day, a first for this month
The state reported 11,921 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, taking its tally to 13,51,153, of which 265,033 are active cases. This is the first time in September that Maharashtra has recorded below 12, 000 new cases in a day. The state also reported 180 fatalities on Monday, which is also its lowest since August 31. The Covid death toll now stands at 35,751.
On Monday, the number of recoveries from Covid-19 – 19,932 – was more than the new reported cases reported. The state’s tally of recoveries is 10,49,947 and the recovery rate is 77.71%. Of the 180 fatalities reported on Monday, 98 are from the last 48 hours and 45 are from last week. The remaining 37 deaths are from the period before last week. Maharashtra’s case fatality rate (CFR) is now at 2.65%.
The state reported 56,735 samples tested in the past 24-hour period. While Maharashtra’s overall positivity rate (percentage of positive cases compared to total number of tests) stands at 20.4%, the positivity rate for Monday was 21.01%. According to health department officials, the state’s positivity rate has been falling consistently. “The week-on-week positivity rate is also witnessing a slowing. However, it is too early to call it a trend. Last week (September 20-27), the positivity rate averaged at 19.21%, while the previous week (September 13-19), it was 24.43%,” said an official requesting anonymity.
Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, said active cases are on a “decline” in 17 of the state’s 35 districts, including Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune Satara, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Dhule, Beed, Nagpur and Bhandara. “Our testing average has gone up in September to 90,000 tests daily. In August, it was 60,000. Usually on weekends due to manpower crunch or other factors, tests are fewer,” said Awate. The number of active cases dropped to 265,033 on Monday from over 300,000.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) contributed nearly 35% of the state’s Covid total on Monday. Navi Mumbai reported 392 new cases and five deaths, while Thane city reported 304 new cases and 12 deaths. Thane (rural) saw 236 new cases. Kalyan Dombivli reported 293 new cases. Mira-Bhayander and Panvel city saw 218 and 200 new cases respectively. Vasai-Virar saw 140 new cases. Pune city reported 799 new cases and six fatalities, while Pimpri-Chinchwad reported 505 new cases and five deaths. Pune (rural) had 606 new cases and eight deaths. Nagpur city saw 578 new cases and one death. Nagpur (rural) reported 200 new cases.
Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday held a meeting on the rain in Mumbai. The heavy rains have led to disruptions of Mumbai local train services. Waterlogging has been reported in areas like Chembur, Andheri, Sion with residents forced to wade through waters. NDRF teams are deputed, said the CMO. Massive waterlogging at Sion Circle in Mumbai. Mumbai local train services and road traffic has been hit due to heavy rainfall.
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Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rain amid monsoon arrival. As downpour lashed the city on Monday, Mumbai witnessed scenes of waterlogging in several areas. Waterlogging was also reported in the city's Sion area, which disrupted normal life. Waterlogging was also seen at Khandeshwar Railway Station in Navi Mumbai as commuters navigated their way through ankle-deep waters. The weather department has issued an orange alert warning of heavy rain in Mumbai for the next few days.
Panipat police have arrested a man for making a ransom call to a local commission agent by posing as a member of Kala Jatheri gang. He had demanded Rs 10 lakh extortion money from the commission agent. The accused has been identified as Ajay of Budha Khera village in Jind. The police said that they have now arrested three persons, including Ajay, Sunil alias Sahil and Akhil, in this case.
Karnal police claimed to have busted a gang involved in theft of copper wires from transformers with the arrest of four of its members. The police said that they have recovered 2.5 quintal of copper wires, one illegal pistol, and three motorcycles from their possession. The accused have been identified as Bilal and Amjad alias Biaggi of Yamunanagar, Vasim Akram of Saharanpur, and Tahir of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.