Prabhu Shisharnappa Banshette, 37, offers rides to citizens, including Covid-19 patients, wearing a PPE kit in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)
Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally on Friday crossed the 15 lakh-mark with the addition of 12,134 cases, a health department official said. The case count now stands at 15,06,018, he said. The state reported 302 deaths on Friday, which took the fatality count to 39,732, the official said. A total of 17,323 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the recovery count to 12,29,339. The state now has 2,36,491 active cases. Mumbai division, which comprises Mumbai city and its satellite towns, reported 4,614 new cases, taking the count to 5,21,070.
A total of 16,760 people have died so far in the region, the official said. Mumbai city reported 2,289 positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall count to 2,25,073, while its death toll increased to 9,343. Of them, 47 died on Friday. The number of cases in the Pune division stood at 3,93,387 and deaths at 8,628, the official said.
Pune city added 713 new cases, which took its tally to 1,63,617, while 17 deaths took the toll to 3,702. Nashik division’s cumulative case tally stood at 2,02,754 and death toll at 3,935, while Kolhapur division reported 1,01,468 cases and 3,175 deaths. The case count in Aurangabad division stood at 56,025 and death count at 1,441. Latur division has so far reported 61,981 cases and 1,742 fatalities, Akola division 46,360 cases and 1,055 deaths and Nagpur division 1,12,222 cases and 2,833 fatalities, the official said. A total of 23,00,588 people are currently under home quarantine in the state, while 24,972 others are in institutional quarantine, he added.
A health worker takes a swab sample for Covid-19 testing in Mumbai on September 29, 2020. (Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
Even as the industry welcomes reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility with lockdown continuing till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a staggered process over the month, the industry said. "The option to re-open restaurants comes as a big relief to restaurateurs. Although, it is a good development, not all restaurants are geared up to re-open immediately. We expect only around 30 per cent of the restaurants to open starting Monday and the rest will re-open gradually through the month," PTI quoted Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) senior vice-president Pradeep Shetty as saying in a statement.
Maharashtra's COVID-19 caseload rose to 14,53,653 on Monday with a single-day addition of fresh cases, state health department said. With 263 new people succumbing to the infection, the state's total fatality count went up to 38,347, it said. 133 of the 263 fatalities were from the past 48 hours, while 58 deaths had occurred last week.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope Sunday said that in Mumbai, state's covid-19 hotspot, social distancing is difficult to follow due to overcrowding. "Now the frequency of local trains in Mumbai has increased and restaurants are opening. It is difficult to follow social distancing as the city is overcrowded. But people have to follow the norms and protect themselves from the virus as health is precious," Tope said while reassuring that the state will do everything to provide health care facilities to Mumbai patients.
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