Maharashtra's COVID-19 case tally tops 60 lakh; 197 die, 9,371 recover

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Mumbai, Jun 24 (PTI) With the addition of 9,844 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra on Thursday, the state's cumulative infection count crossed the grim milestone of 60 lakh, while 197 patients succumbed to the infection, the health department said.

The state's total caseload now stands at 60,07,431, said the health department in a statement.

With 197 more deaths, the fatality count reached 1,19,859 (which included 359 'old' deaths), it report said.

Out of it, 149 deaths occurred in the last 48 hours and 48 in the last week, the department said.

Deaths that took place more than a week's ago are being added to the toll as part of a data reconciliation exercise. Under this exercise, 359 previously unreported deaths were added to the toll figure, the statement said.

Maharashtra has taken 11 days to add one lakh cases to its tally - which is the slowest pace after the second coronavirus wave hit the state in March. The state had crossed the 59-lakh case mark on June 13.

The state's COVID-19 recovery rate is now at 95.93 per cent, while the case fatality rate has increased and reached 2 per cent, the statement said.

The state saw the discharge of 9,371 patients in the last 24 hours, pushing the number of recoveries to 57,62,661, it said.

The number of active cases stands at 1,21,767, the health department said.

There are 5,32,453 people in home quarantine and 4,166 in institutional quarantine, the statement said.

With 2,32,578 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours, the cumulative figure of samples examined so far reached 4,03,60,931, it said.

According to the statement, Mumbai city reported 773 new cases and 10 deaths, taking its infection tally to 7,22,736 and the toll to 15,348.

In the Mumbai division, comprising the city and its satellite towns, there were 2,312 cases and 47 deaths, of which 31 were added by Raigad district alone. This took the cumulative caseload in the region to 15,83,950 and the death toll to 31,581, it said.

The Nashik division reported 748 cases and 12 deaths, the health department said.

The Pune division recorded 2,465 infections and 40 fatalities, of which 26 came from Satara district alone, the statement said.

The Kolhapur division reported 3,516 new cases and 74 deaths, of which rural parts of Kolhapur accounted for 22 fatalities followed by 16 from Ratnagiri. Kolhapur city added 14 fresh deaths.

The Aurangabad division registered 232 new infections and 11 deaths, while the Latur division added 302 cases and six fatalities, the statement said.

The Akola division reported 168 cases and five deaths, while the Nagpur division registered 101 infections and two fatalities, it said.

Maharashtra's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 60,07,431; new cases 9,844; deaths 1,19,859; recoveries 57,62,661; active cases 1,21,767; total tests so far 4,03,60,931. PTI ND RSY RSY

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