Maharashtra on Wednesday reported its worst Covid-19 death match in one day after it had reported 568 virus-related deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the death toll in the state has reached 61,911.
Along with that, the number of Covid-19 cases reported in the state increased to 67,468 in the last 24 hours to cross 40 lakh marks and reach 40,27,827. The positive rate is 16.36%.
The state also saw 54,985 new recoveries, taking the total number of patients recovered from the disease to 32,68,449.
Active cases are 6,95,747. The death rate is at 1.54%.
Of these, the count of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai crossed the six lakh mark on Wednesday as it added 7,684 cases, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
The city also recorded 62 deaths, the highest in a day since July 21, 2020 when there were the same number of deaths.
Mumbai’s caseload rose to 6,01,590 and the death toll increased to 12,501, the civic body said.
As many as 47,270 tests were carried out on Wednesday, taking the number of samples tested for coronavirus to 50,75,152.
In the midst of a massive surge in new coronavirus outbreaks in the state, the Maharashtra government is scrambling under the pressure of outright lockdown by ministers of state to contain the spread.
Faced with this, Maharashtra Congress minister Aslam Sheikh told reporters, “Looking at the shortage of medical oxygen supply, Maharashtra is aiming for complete lockdown. Guidelines about it will be announced soon,” according to ANI news agency reports.
Moreover, state health minister Rajesh Tope also said that several ministers in the state had urged prime minister Uddhav Thackeray to be locked down completely to curb the spread of the virus.
“We have asked the CM to announce the complete closure of the state from tomorrow at 8 pm on Wednesday. This was all ministers’ request to CM, now it is his decision,” Tope was quoted by ANI.
He also informed reporters that tomorrow morning after 8 pm CM will announce the decision on lock down in the state.