Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News: Maharashtra recorded 7,975 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and now has 2.67 lakh cases. With 233 deaths, the toll across the state went up to 10,710. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region accounted for 134 deaths Tuesday, which is 62 per cent of the total 213 deaths.
Although Mumbai recorded a dip in new cases Tuesday — 954 new cases as compared to 1,158 registered cases a day before, the capital is expected to reach the 1 lakh mark by the coming weekend. With the caseload of 95,100 infections, Mumbai recorded 17,442 coronavirus positive cases within a fortnight.
At least 4,182 people were discharged from hospitals in the state, pushing up the number of recoveries to 1,44,507, the statement said. As per the health department, 6,87,353 people are under home quarantine and 41,660 in institutional quarantine.
Meanwhile, state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Monday reiterated the state government’s stand that conducting final-year university exams as per the revised guidelines of the UGC would not be feasible due to the coronavirus outbreak. Samant said the state government was not against holding exams but was of the view that it would be improper to do so amid the outbreak.
A 38-year-old policeman died of COVID-19 in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Monday, the police said. The deceased, a police naik, was a resident of Murbad taluka in neighbouring Thane district. He was attached to the Valiv police station at Vasai in Palghar. After he tested positive for coronavirus, he was admitted to a hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. Navadkar said 135 personnel in the district have so far tested positive for coronavirus and two of them have died.