Maharashtra’s coronavirus case tally increased to 5,84,754 on Saturday with the addition of 12,614 new cases, the state health department said. With 322 COVID-19 patients dying during the day, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 19,749, the department said. A total of 6,844 patients were discharged from hospitals on Saturday, taking the number of recovered persons to 4,08,286, it said in a statement.There are 1,56,409 active cases in the state at present, it added.
With the spread of Covid-19 to over 300 villages in Aurangabad district, state minister Subhash Desai has instructed the authorities to increase testing in rural areas. “At least 15 contacts of a positive patient should be traced. Besides, people should be tested before they enter villages,” Desai, who is also the district guardian minister, asked the officials to enhance contact tracing of patients, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The number of coronavirus cases in Aurangabad district climbed to 18,259 after 292 persons tested positive on Friday, officials said. The death toll in the district went up to 576 after four patients succumbed to the infection, while 220 were discharged after recovery on Friday.
Ahead of the 10-day Ganesh festival beginning on August 22, private hospitals are appealing to staff nurses and healthcare staff not to take leave as ICU and isolation wards continue to remain full with Covid-19 patients.