Maharashtra’s coronavirus case tally rose to 1,80,298 on Wednesday with addition of 5,537 new patients while the death toll mounted by 198 to 8,053, state health department said.
The number of coronavirus positive patients in Palghar, a predominantly tribal district of Maharashtra, crossed the 5,000-mark on Wednesday with the addition of 257 cases, PTI reported. The case count in the district now stands at 5,239, the state department said in a release.
Meanwhile, the Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to conduct rapid antigen detection tests for diagnosis of Covid-19 after a couple of days, a top official told PTI. He said the move will decrease burden on the National Institute of Virology (NIV) and other laboratories.
Maharashtra, which has the maximum number of coronavirus cases in the country, has extended the lockdown till July 31. According to the latest guidelines issued on Monday, shopping, outdoor exercise and movement for all other non-essential activities have to be limited to neighbourhood areas. No such curbs were announced when such activities were first permitted from June 5 as part of the ‘Mission Begin Again’ initiative.
Meanwhile, India recorded 507 deaths and 18,653 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to 5,85,493, including 17,400 deaths.