Coronavirus | Maharashtra records nearly 5,000 fresh cases as COVID-19 spike continues

Mumbai Mayor travels on local train, spreads awareness of need to wear masks

February 17, 2021 11:46 pm | Updated 11:55 pm IST - Shoumojit Banerjee

 Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar takes a local train requesting commuters to wear masks on Wednesday.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar takes a local train requesting commuters to wear masks on Wednesday.

Fresh cases continued to soar in Maharashtra, with 4,878 new Covid-19 cases recorded on Wednesday as opposed to 3,853 patients being discharged.

The State’s active cases rose to 38,013. The total case tally now stands at 20,76,093.

With 40 fatalities, the death toll climbed to 51,631. The cumulative recoveries stood at 19,85,261 while the State’s recovery rate marginally declined to 95.62%.

“Of a total 1,54,55,268 laboratory samples tested thus far, 20,76,093 (with the case positivity rate down to 13.43%) have returned positive with over 59,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate, adding that the case fatality stood at 2.49%.

After more than a month of reporting relatively low cases, Pune reported over 800 new cases to take its total case tally to 3,96,571. As per State Health Department figures, four deaths were reported as the total death toll remained at 8,018.

However, as per district authorities, the active case tally rose to 4,835 with a recovery rate of 96.47%.

In one of its highest single-day spikes in more than 45 days, Mumbai city reported 721 new cases to take its total case tally to 3,15,751 of whom 4,530 are active. Three fatalities saw the city’s death toll reach 11,428.

Mayor’s move

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, who earlier warned that the city would go under a lockdown if people continued to flout pandemic norms, personally travelled in a local train today to check if regulations were being followed and to spread awareness about use of masks. Before boarding the train at Byculla station, Ms. Pednekar took errant citizens and vendors to task for violating norms.

Nagpur district in Vidarbha reported more than 500 new cases, taking the district’s case tally to 1,41,375 of whom 4,590 are currently active. Seven deaths saw the fatalities rise to 3,437.

Amravati district reported more than 700 fresh cases and seven deaths, taking its tally to 27,141 of which 3,468 are active. The death toll rose to 419.

Rising cases in Vidarbha, especially Nagpur, Amravati and Buldhana have contributed to around 30% of the latest surge across the State, causing authorities to discourage assemblies and large gatherings.

In western Maharashtra, the pandemic still appeared to be relatively under control. Satara reported no deaths while 86 fresh cases saw the case tally rise to 57,639 of whom just 833 are active. The death toll in the district stands at 1,833.

Neighbouring Sangli reported just 15 cases and one death as the district’s reported cases reached 51,104 of whom only 525 are active. Its death toll stands at 1,789.

Kolhapur reported just 16 cases and no fatalities as its case tally reached 49,400 of whom 163 are active. The death toll stands at 1,674.

In north Maharashtra, Nashik district reported more than 200 cases and three deaths as its case tally reached 1,24,308 of whom 961 are active. Its death toll stands at 2,023.

Jalgaon reported 77 new cases and no deaths as its case tally reached 58,248 of whom only 603 are active, while its death toll remained constant at 1,492.

Dr. Awate informed that currently 1,95,704 people across the State were in home quarantine and 1,664 were in institutional quarantine facilities.

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