MUMBAI: On the 150th day since the first Covid-19 case was reported in the state, Maharashtra reported 334 deaths, the highest in a day so far. The state added 10,309 new cases on Wednesday, taking the total cases in the state to 4,68,265, and fatalities went up to 16,476. Pune became the second district after Mumbai to enter the dubious club of one lakh cases, while the case tally in Thane went beyond the 20,000 mark.
The highest single-day mortality figure earlier was 322 on August 1, and it reached the 300 mark again on August 4.

In a happy milestone for the state, the number of recoveries crossed the 3 lakh mark in the state to touch 3,05,521 on Wednesday. The state’s recovery rate rose to 65.25% after 6,165 discharges on Wednesday. The country’s recovery rate now stands at 67% whereas that of Mumbai is 77%. Over 91,673 people have recovered from various city hospitals and gone home since March. On Wednesday, 711 people were discharged in the city.
Mumbai, though, was back to reporting 1,000-plus cases after a decline in daily cases in the last two days. Mumbai reported 1,125 cases and 42 deaths, taking the total tally to 1,19,240 and deaths to 6,591. It had reported 709 cases on Tuesday and 970 on Monday. A civic official said the city was carrying out over 7,000 tests daily and hence detections were high. The city’s case growth rate continues to be under 1% (0.87%), the official said.
After four days, the state was back to reporting 10,000-plus cases in a day. Pune district crossed the one lakh mark on Wednesday. As on Wednesday, the district had 1,01,262 cases. Pune division became the highest contributor of new cases. It added 2,870 cases and reported 104 deaths. Meanwhile, the MMR reported 2,103 cases and 113 deaths. Thane district with its six corporations is close to breaching the 1 lakh mark for cases; on Wednesday it had 99,563 cases. The total deaths from the region were 3,652 and the total cases were 1,35,125.
270 new cases were registered on Wednesday in Thane, taking the tally there beyond the 20,000 mark to touch 20,258 while 8 deaths were reported, adding the toll to 654. The corporation has trained focus on the business community and builders, encouraging them to get their staff/workers tested.
The recovery rate among BEST staffers has now touched 80%, bringing relief to senior officials as more than 1,250 workers are now recovered and back home. Of those recovered, 100 were discharged in the past four days alone , said Dr Anil Kumar Singhal, who is chief medical officer at BEST. He further stated that the recovery rate of the undertaking’s staffers, which was just 16% a couple of months back had now gone up to 80%.

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