Maharashtra on Wednesday extended the statewide lockdown till August 31 in an effort to contain the increase in coronavirus cases. The state government has however allowed the opening of malls, market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5.
Maharashtra is inching towards recording 4 lakh coronavirus cases as the tally in the state rose to 3,91,440 on Tuesday with the addition of 7,717 new cases, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. With 282 patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll mounted to 14,165, he said. The state makes up nearly a fourth of the number of cases across India. A total of 10,333 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 2,32,277 while the count of active cases dropped from 1,47,592 on Monday to 1,44,694 on Tuesday, the health minister said. A total of 19,68,559 people have been tested so far in the state.
Meanwhile, a sero-survey conducted in Mumbai showed that more than half the people, or 57 per cent, tested in slums had been exposed to and developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 virus as compared to only 16 per cent of those tested in residential societies.
India’s coronavirus cases crossed the 15 lakh-mark to reach 1,531,669 on Wednesday. The total number of death toll in the country reached 34,193. As many as 48,512 cases and 768 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.