Maharashtra on Sunday reported the highest-ever single-day spike of 9,518 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 3,10,455, the state Health Department said. This is the first time that the number of new cases crossed the 9,000-mark in a single day. With 258 more people succumbing to the infection, the number of fatalities has risen to 11,854, a statement said. A total of 3,906 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 1,69,569, it said. The state now has 1,29,032 active cases.
Maharashtra’s Thane district on Saturday recorded 1,822 fresh infections taking the district’s total caseload to 65,927 with 1,870 total deaths as the coronavirus lockdown in Thane city was lifted on Saturday, barring the areas which are infection hotspots which will be under lockdown till 31 July.
Ahead of Bakri Eid and Ganesh festivals, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reiterated that religious, social and political gatherings will remain prohibited in the state in view of the rising infections. Addressing collectors and municipal commissioners via a virtual meeting, Thackeray called for replication of the Dharavi model at other places in the state to control the coronavirus outbreak.
The Phase-1 clinical trials for India’s first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, started across the country on July 15. While 375 volunteers will be enrolled in Phase 1 of the human clinical trial, plans are underway to enroll a total of 1,125 for both phases. The vaccine has been developed by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology and Indian Council of Medical Research.
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