Maharashtra’s coronavirus count on Tuesday increased to 16,54,028 with 5,363 new cases being reported. The state also recorded 115 deaths during the day, taking the death toll to 43,463. A total of 7,836 patients were discharged after treatment, taking the tally of recovered people to 14,78,496. With this, the number of active patients in the state stands at 1,31,544. Mumbai city reported 801 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 2,52,886, while its death toll rose to 10,165 of which 23 were reported on Tuesday.
At least 105 drivers and conductors of the MSRTC’s Sangli division, who were deployed in BEST buses in Mumbai earlier this month, have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Sangli, an official said on Tuesday. “Out of these 400 staff members, 105 drivers and conductors have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. All these employees underwent the antigen test after they returned to the division on October 25,” the official from the MSRTC’s Sangli division said.
The Maharashtra government has brought down the rate for COVID-19 tests conducted at private laboratories by Rs 200, state health minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday. Tope, in a statement, said the new rates will be Rs 900, Rs 1400 and Rs 1800 per test, adding it was the fourth time rates had been revised from the original Rs 4,500.