Maharashtra Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 15,35,315 on Monday with addition of 7,089 fresh cases. With 165 patients succumbing to the infection, the overall toll mounted to 40,514, it said. Of the 165 deaths, 100 occurred in the past 48 hours, while 21 had taken place last week. Remaining 44 fatalities had occurred before the last week. 15,656 patients were discharged after treatment in the day, taking the number of recoveries to 12,81,896. The state has 2,12,439 active cases at present.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the war against COVID-19 will be won by the “whole-hearted participation” of people, who have to decide whether to follow protocols to contain the spread of the disease or remain in lockdown. In a webcast, Thackeray said COVID-19 is a “foreign guest not leaving us despite our best efforts”, and added that it is spreading from cities to rural areas. He said 70 to 80 per cent COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic, and termed face mask as the self-defence or the “black belt” in the fight against the viral infection till a vaccine comes up.
In Pimpri Chinchwad, a 21-year-old student died at the jumbo Covid facility at Nehrunagar two hours after she was discharged from a private hospital due to shortage of ICU beds. “On Saturday morning, doctors at the hospital said they had no ICU bed available and therefore she should be shifted to another hospital,” said Anita Adhikari, a relative of the patient and president of Nari Shakti Sanstha, Pimpri-Chinchwad.