COVID-19: Number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra cross 1,000
Single day highest jump in deaths and cases in Maharashtra, tally crosses 1,000
On day 15 of the Coronavirus Lockdown in India, the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 5,200 marks. As per the Health Ministry data, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India. It has become the first state to cross the 1000 mark of coronavirus positive cases. Maharashtra has reached 1,018 positive cases, a steepest one-day rise in the number of cases with the state’s death toll at 64.
As per an Indian Express report, Mumbai has reported 116 cases, 18 tested positive in Pune, three each in Ahmednagar, Nagpur, and Aurangabad, two each in Buldhana and Thane and one each in Ratnagiri, Satara, and Sangli. In Mumbai, six deaths were recorded, while Pune reported three and one each in Mira-Bhayander, Nagpur, and Satara.
The island city is the worst with over 60% of the total positive cases in Maharashtra. Two high-risk areas in Mumbai have been identified as Dharavi and the Worli Koliwada area. The maximum number of 100 new patients were reported in Mumbai, taking the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) cases to 590. The city also witnessed five new deaths, taking the toll to 40.
Concerned about the rising cases in Maharashtra the state cabinet held an emergency meeting via video conference with the ministers. The ministers pressed for additional testing facilities to understand the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. Tuesday alone saw 4,200 samples being examined. The state cabinet also discussed continuing the three-week lockdown imposed to check the Covid-19 spread beyond April 15. But the decision regarding the extension is still pending.