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COVID-19: BJP MLA, wife test positive in Maharashtra

Pune: Volunteers spray disinfectant on the walls of Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune.

Pune: Volunteers spray disinfectant on the walls of Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Pune district reports another big spike of 380 cases. Cases pile up in Aurangabad district as well

A BJP MLA from Pune’s Pimpri-Chinchwad area has tested positive for COVID-19.

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According to sources, his wife, too, tested positive. Their sample test results came on Tuesday morning.

Both are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) which has witnessed an alarming surge in cases in the last 15 days.

The MLA was present during a recent visit by former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Devendra Fadnavis to Pimpri-Chinchwad.

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The PCMC saw a spike of 182 cases on Monday, as its case tally surged to 2,909 of whom 1,143 cases are active. While 1,717 persons have been discharged, the death toll stands at 73.

Pune district as a whole witnessed another massive surge of 380 cases to take the tally to 21,237, said authorities.

Seven more fatalities pushed the toll to 721, said Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar.

However, only 8,106 are active with 12,410 recoveries thus far.

As many as 423 of the active cases in the district are in a critical condition, with 59 among these reported in the last 24 hours.

The district’s recovery rate stood at 58.44% while the case fatality rate is 3.40%.

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Despite the relentless surge in cases in Pune city following the easing of lockdown regulations, the civic body authorities said the case fatality rate (3.93%) was lesser that the State’s figure of 4.69%.

The city’s case doubling rate stands at 19.89 days — a marginal decrease from last week’s 20.77 days.

The death toll in Solapur district — the worst-afflicted after Pune in the division — has climbed to 261 with eight deaths reported today.

Along with Pune’s fatalities, the death toll in the division — which includes the districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur along with Pune — has now reached 1,047.

The division’s tally has reached 25,949 of whom 9,296 are active cases while 15,606 persons have been discharged till date.

Solapur reported 84 cases to take its tally to 2,530. While 714 of them are active, the number of recoveries stands at 1,555.

Satara reported 37 cases as its tally rose to 1,011 of whom 255 are active with 713 recoveries thus far. The district’s death toll stands at 43.

Sangli reported 12 cases to take its tally to 340 of whom 113 are active while with 17 cases, Kolhapur’s tally stands at 831.

While only 108 of these 831 cases are active (with 713 recoveries till date), the district’s number of active cases has risen by 65 in the last 72 hours.

Sangli has reported 12 while Kolhapur has reported 10 fatalities thus far.

Cases piled up in Aurangabad district in the Marathwada region which reported a massive 202 new ones as the tally breached the 5,000-mark to reach 5,239.

While 2,436 of the cases are active ones, 2,256 persons have recovered thus far.

With nine fatalities recorded on Sunday, Aurangabad’s death count has climbed to 247.

Authorities said 114 of the 202 new cases were from Aurangabad city while the remaining 88 had emerged from the district’s rural areas.

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