Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra went up to 6,57,450 on Friday with 14,161 new patients being reported, the state health department said. With 339 fatalities, the death toll due to the pandemic rose to 21,698, it said in a statement. The recovery rate in the state is 71.62 percent while the case fatality rate is 3.30 percent.
Besides, over 300 personnel of the Maharashtra police tested positive for coronavirus, while five died of the infection in the last 24 hours, PTI reported on Friday. The latest casualties have taken the death toll in the police force to 136. At least 303 personnel tested positive for coronavirus infection the last 24 hours taking the tally in the department to 13,180. Currently, 2,389 personnel are undergoing treatment at various facilities in the state.
In other news, four domestic helps working at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s bungalow in Baramati tested positive for coronavirus infection on Friday, PTI reported.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) modified its guidelines to make institutional isolation mandatory for all Covid-19 positive patients aged above 50 years in Mumbai, irrespective of whether they have any symptoms of the infection.
Meanwhile, gearing up for the challenging task of supervising Ganesh festival in Pune during a raging pandemic, City Police has said its key focus will be to ensure there is no crowding anywhere. Close to 6,000 personnel and officers, two thirds of the force’s total strength, will be deployed across the city. However, a slight force depletion due to Covid-19 cases among personnel may pose a challenge for festival-related deployment this year, said officials of Pune police.