Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Updates: Maharashtra recorded 6,875 new Covid-19 cases, of them 1,374 with 219 fresh deaths on Thursday. Maharashtra now has 2.30 lakh cases, of which 93,673 are actively infected. With 219 deaths registered on today, the toll in the state stands at 9,667.
Even as the state continues to remain the worst-affected in terms of Covid tally in the country, Dharavi, the densely populated slum in Mumbai, reported nine new cases, taking the tally to 2,347 on Thursday. Mumbai accounted for only 31 per cent of fresh deaths on Wednesday, as opposed to 58.7 per cent a month ago on June 8.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday expressed concern over the recent spurt in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai’s neighbouring district, Thane, and some other Tier-2 cities. Since the easing of lockdown curbs on June 3, Thane district has seen a quantum jump in cases from 10,865 to 52,733. On Wednesday, the district added 1,904 cases to its tally.
Also, the BMC on Wednesday said it has, so far, conducted 3.64 lakh Covid-19 tests and had ramped up testing from 4,000 to 5,500 a day. Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis had alleged that the BMC had reduced testing due to which the number of registered cases in Mumbai had dipped.
In Pune, as the number of Covid-19 cases surge outside containment zones, both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Police have intensified action against violations of safety norms, movement restrictions and vehicle capacity rules in the last five days.
On the other hand, the first day of hotels reopening in the state saw a lukewarm response, even as owners said they did not expect business to start inching towards normal for at least six months with international travel, domestic tourism, and corporate activities stalled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.