Covid-19 attack in Maharashtra, over a thousand cases, 26 deaths

MUMBAI: Covid-19 continued its fatal round in Maharashtra with 26 new deaths and 1,008 new cases, the highest number in a single day so far, while Pune crossed the 100-death figure, health officials said here on Friday, while the Center extended the blockade for two weeks until May 17.

This brings the number of state deaths from 459 on Thursday to 485 and the total number of patients from 10,498 to 11,506, leaving health authorities in dismay.

Of the latest deaths, 5 were reported in Mumbai, totaling 295, and the number of Covid-19 positive patients in the city skyrocketed to 7,812, with a staggering jump of 751 new cases, the highest in the city.

Pune recorded 11 recent deaths, Jalgaon three, Thane two and Aurangabad one, in addition to Parbhani, Nanded and Sindhudurg recorded their first deaths.

The dead comprised 18 men and 8 women, and more than 50 percent of them suffered from other serious ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and asthma.

The (Thane Division) continued to cause great concern with 320 Covid-19 deaths and 9,081 patients.

Pune Division follows in a distant second with 107 deaths and 1,456 patients.

The next area of ​​concern is the Nashik Division with 30 deaths and 365 positive cases, followed by the Aurangabad Division with 9 deaths and 189 patients, the Division with 9 deaths and 169 patients.

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Significantly, both the Aurangabad division comprising the Aurangabad city and district, the Parbhani city and district, plus the Jalna and Hingoli districts, and the Akola division consisting of the Akola city and district, the city ​​and Amravati district, in addition to Yavatmal, Buldhana and Washim districts, have surpassed the Nagpur division which has recorded 2 deaths and 144 patients.

On the positive side, 106 fully healed patients returned home on Friday, bringing the number of those discharged to 1,879.

Nashik Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal released two public service awareness films on Friday: 'Stay At Home, Stay Safe' and 'Stay Home, Stay Positive', made by Percept Ltd in collaboration with Nashik Police.

Released in the presence of Nashik Division Commissioner, Collector, Municipal Commissioner Radharam Game, Inspector General of Police Nashik Range Chhering Dorje and Nashik Police Commissioner Vishwas Nangre-Patil, the films have been anchored by well-known actor Marathi Subhash Bhave.

Meanwhile, the number of people in home quarantine decreased from 168,266 to 163,026, while people in institutional quarantine increased from 10,695 to 11,677, and state containment areas increased from 733 to 792.

As many as 10,849 surveillance squadrons have been deployed to survey a population of nearly 4.53 million statewide.