Maharashtra Logs 9,974 New Cases, 143 Deaths; Mumbai Reports 739 Fresh Infections

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Maharashtra on Sunday reported 9,974 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 143 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 60,36,821 and the toll to 1,21,286, the state Health department said. A total of 8,562 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to 57,90,113 so far, leaving the state with 1,22,252 active cases, it said.

Mumbai reported 739 fresh cases and 13 deaths, raising the cumulative caseload to 7,20,349 and the number of the COVID-19 deceased to 15,396. Mumbai division, including the city and satellite towns, added 2,188 new cases to its tally and 25 deaths, which raised the total caseload to 15,89,869 and the fatality count to 31,858, the report said. Nashik division reported 653 cases during the day including 373 infections in Ahmednagar district and 161 in Nashik district.

Pune division reported 2,575 fresh cases including 929 in Satara district and 587 in Pune district. Kolhapur division added 3,821 infections including 1,192 in Kolhapur district and 992 in Sangli district, the report said.

Aurangabad division added 222 cases, Latur division 235, Akola division 176 cases and Nagpur division 104 during the day. With 2,10,866 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra has gone up to 4,10,42,198, the department said.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally is as follows: Positive cases 60,36,821, deaths 1,21,286, recoveries 57,90,113, active cases 1,22,252, total tests 4,10,42,198, tests today 2,10,866.

Meanwhile, Delhi reported 89 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths on Sunday as the positivity rate dipped to 0.12 per cent, according to data shared by the health department. Delhi has so far recorded 14,33,934 coronavirus cases. Of this, over 14.07 lakh patients have recovered while the death toll stands at 24,965. On Saturday, the city reported 85 COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily count this year, with a positivity rate of 0.12 per cent and nine deaths.

Haryana government on Sunday issued orders to extend lockdown till July 5 while announcing some relaxations in the state. Under the latest order, Anganwadi Centers and Creches under Women and Child Development Department shall remain closed till July 7 in the state. University campuses are allowed to open for research scholars, practical classes in laboratories and remedial classes/doubt classes amid strict adherence to COVID norms.

India reported 50,040 fresh cases on Sunday, as per health ministry data. The country’s active caseload declined to 5,86,403, while the recovery rate increased to 96.75%.

The third wave of Covid-19 could occur but it may not be as severe as the second wave, an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study revealed. In Tamil Nadu, a total of nine Delta Plus variant cases have been reported, said the State Health Minister Ma Subramanian.

The study was published in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Medical Research. “This study demonstrates plausible mechanisms by which a substantial third wave could occur, while also illustrating that it is unlikely for any such resurgence to be as large as the second wave,” the study said. However, the researchers also noted that the projections were subject to uncertainties and scaling up vaccinations is the only way to ‘mitigate against any eventuality’.

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