Maharashtra detected 18,390 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, taking its tally to 12,42,770. An additional 392 people succumbed to the disease; the toll now stands at 33,407. Of the state’s total Covid-19 cases, 2,72,410 patients are under treatment, while 9,36,554 have recovered. With 1,628 Covid-19 cases and 50 deaths on the same day, Mumbai’s tally rose to 1,87,904 with 8,555 fatalities. Pune added 1,414 cases, taking its count to 1,44,265. With 42 deaths, Pune’s toll increased to 3,303.
As the pandemic moves away from Maharashtra’s urban centres, rural areas are struggling to cope as cases surge. At 4.02 lakh cases, rural regions now make up 34.4 per cent of the state’s numbers. Hospitals and healthcare centres are lacking facilities like ICU beds and oxygen beds to treat patients.
Meanwhile, India’s total caseload crossed 56 lakh on Wednesday after the country detected 83,347 new cases. The death toll rose to 90,020 after 1,085 people succumbed to the disease. The fatality rate is now 1.59 per cent. Over 45 lakh have recovered, taking the recovery rate to 81.25 per cent. More than 9.68 lakh patients are being treated for the disease, which is 17.15 per cent of the caseload.