Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: With Maharashtra reporting 24,619 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the total number of infections in the state rose to while the death toll soared to 31,351 with an addition of 398 deaths during the day. As many as 19,522 patients were discharged on Thursday after treatment, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 8,12,354 and the state now has 3,01,752 active cases.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
Mumbai reported 2,389 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count so far, taking the tally to 1,78,275 on Thursday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Also, 43 more patients succumbed to the infection, pushing up the toll to 8,320, it said. The previous highest single-day case count was 2,371, reported on September 10. According to the civic body’s update, the city’s active COVID-19 cases rose to 32,849, the highest in the past couple of months.
With 16 people working at Mantralaya, the state secretariat building, succumbing to Covid-19 so far, government officials have threatened to stop work if the condition of 100 per cent attendance is not withdrawn. In a representation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Federation (MSGOF) and the Maharashtra Mantralaya Officers Association (MMOA) has blamed the lack of precautionary measures and the violation of social distancing norms for the surge in the number of cases, while arguing that the decision mandating 100 per cent attendance of class A and class B officials was ill-conceived.
Prohibitory orders restricting the movement of people have been extended in Mumbai till September 30 in view of rising coronavirus cases, an official said on Thursday. The restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure are in place since lockdown began. They were extended as per the August 31 guidelines about easing of the lockdown of the Maharashtra government, and no new restrictions have been imposed, PTI reported.