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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: Maharashtra reports 8,968 cases, 266 deaths

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19) highlights: A total of 9,926 patients were discharged on Sunday, taking the count of the recovered cases in the state to 2,76,809.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: August 4, 2020 7:21:01 am
Health workers conduct a door-to-door survey in Chembur East area of Mumbai on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally on Monday increased to 4,50,196 with the addition of 8,968 fresh cases, while more than 260 patients succumbed to the infection, the state health department said. With 266 fresh deaths, the fatality count increased to 15,842, said an official from the health department. Maharashtra now has 1,47,018 active cases. A total of 22,98,723 people have been tested so far for COVID-19.

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Mumbai city and suburban areas (MMR region) reported 970 and 2,957 fresh cases of COVID-19, respectively. With this, Mumbai has so far reported 1,17,406 cases and 6,493 deaths. The wider MMR region now has 2,49,111 cases of COVID-19 and 9,970 deaths. The number of cases jumped by 796 in Pune city, while the neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad added 731 new infections in the day.

Meanwhile, ten members from the family of MLA Ravi Rana and his MP wife Navneet Rana in Maharashtra’s Amravati district have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior health official said on Monday.

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21:44 (IST)03 Aug 2020
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Choudhari informed that 4000-5000 people would be subjected to antibody testing for which the district would be divided into three zones and sampling would be done randomly. He said the process would be overseen by Government Medical College and Hospital and its laboratory facilities will be used.

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11:12 (IST)03 Aug 2020
Thane Covid-19 cases breach 88,000 mark

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The death toll went up by 47 to 2,447. Areas under the Kalyan Dombivali municipal corporation have reported the maximum 20,633 cases, followed by Thane (19,672) and Navi Mumbai (16,104). The case recovery rate in Thane district now stands at 73.49 per cent while the mortality rate stood at 2.75 per cent.In neighbouring Palghar district, the overall case count reached 15,620 with addition of 261 cases in the day. The death toll stood at 307.(PTI)

10:17 (IST)03 Aug 2020
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"On learning about Shah's indisposition, the chief minister wished him well so that he resumes normal activities with usual vigour," a statement from the CMO said.(with PTI inputs)

10:03 (IST)03 Aug 2020
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With the addition of 9,509 cases, Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally reached 4,41,228 on Sunday, a state health department official said. With 260 people succumbing to the infection during the day, the number of victims went up to 15,576, he said.

A total of 9,926 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of the recovered cases in the state to 2,76,809, the official said. Maharashtra now has 1,48,537 active cases, news agency PTI reported. Mumbai city reported 1,105 fresh cases, taking its tally to 1,16,436, while the number of cases in the metropolitan areas rose by 2,376 to 2,46,154.

Mumbai's total death toll now stands at 6,447, while the same mounted to 9,887 in the Mumbai Metropolitan region (MMR), the official added. (PTI)

19:05 (IST)02 Aug 2020
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"Earlier today, Akshay Kumar ji handed over fitness-health tracking devices to Mumbai Police. It gives a constant reading of oxygen, body temp, and heart rate, helpful in Covid battle. Last month, Akshay ji gave it to Nashik Police," the tourism minister tweeted.

(Source: Twitter/AUThackeray)
18:59 (IST)02 Aug 2020
Devendra Fadnavis wishes Amit Shah, TN governor speedy recovery

Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday wished a speedy recovery to Union home minister Amit Shah and Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit who have tested positive for coronavirus.

"The entire nation's good wishes are with you," the former Maharashtra chief minister said responding to Shah's tweet that he has tested positive for the infection and is getting admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors.

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Maharashtra has extended the statewide lockdown till August 31 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The Uddhav Thackeray government, however, allowed malls and market places to reopen between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5. Theatres, food courts and restaurants will remain closed. Maharashtra is inching towards recording 4 lakh coronavirus cases.

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.

In other news, 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.

The Centre released its guidelines for Unlock 3.0, which will be enforced in the month of August. Under these guidelines, night curfew has been done away with (note: night curfew remains in place in Maharashtra). Further, yoga centres and gyms have been allowed to reopen, under the Centre's rules.

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