MUMBAI: Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra hit a 75-week low on Sunday while deaths fell below 20, the lowest in 34 weeks. The coronavirus death toll for Maharashtra reached 1,40,016.
The latest 10,000 Covid deaths came in three months, compared to the previous 10,000 deaths that had come in barely 25 days, signalling a slowdown of the pandemic.
The 1,410 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday took the overall caseload to 66,02,961 in the state. This is the lowest the state had reported since May 12 last year, when 1,026 cases were detected. State officials said a decline in cases was recorded despite more than 1.3 lakh tests. Experts maintain that the state needs to increase daily testing significantly.
Of the new cases, more than 50% were reported from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The MMR registered 702 cases, including 400 cases from Mumbai, followed by Pune circle, which registered 382 cases.
Pune and Mumbai circles together accounted for nearly 77% of the new cases. Nashik circle, a cause for concern through September, reported 174 cases. Ahmednagar district continues to see the most cases (134).
Deaths dropped to 18, the lowest since February 22, when as many deaths were recorded, and the second wave was yet to pick up pace. Nine of the 18 deaths were reported from Mumbai while Nashik and Pune circles registered four deaths each.
Six deaths were reported from Mumbai, of which five were senior citizens. All of them had comorbidities, the civic report stated. There were no deaths reported from Aurangabad, Latur, Akola and Nagpur circles. Active cases in Maharashtra dropped to 23,894, including 5,075 in Mumbai. Pune district has the highest active cases in Maharashtra (7,210).
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