Maharashtra registered the highest-ever single-day spike of 448 COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the death toll due to the disease to 28,282. The state’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 9,90,795 with 23,446 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll due to the pandemic in Mumbai increased by 38 to reach 8,023. 14,253 patients were discharged during the day, so the number of recovered cases rose to 7,00,715. The recovery rate in the state is 70.72 per cent. So far over 49.74 lakh tests have been conducted in the state.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection on Thursday. “I tested positive for covid antigen. It was positive. There are no symptoms. I am isolating myself at home on the advice of a doctor. With your good wishes and blessings, I will soon start serving Mumbaikars,” she wrote in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon. “We were able to contain the number of cases between March and May, but it does not seem like the pandemic will be conquered in the near future. Even the World Health Organisation has indicated that it won’t end soon,” he said. Admitting that the crisis was worsening and that the number of cases was on the rise across the state, Thackeray defended that the government had been taking proactive steps to contain the spread of the infection.