Maharashtra COVID-19 deaths cross 20K mark, 11k new cases

The recovery rate in the state is 69.82 per cent, while the fatality rate is 3.38 per cent

Mumbai: The coronavirus death toll in Maharashtra breached the 20,000-mark on Sunday after 288 patients succumbed to the infection. The state reported 11,111 new positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall tally to 5,95,865.

The number of deaths caused by the infection now stands at 20,037. A total of 8,837 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on Sunday, taking the count of such persons to 4,17,123.

There are 1,58,395 active cases in the state now. Mumbai reported 1,010 new cases and 47 deaths. This took the number of cases in the city to 1,28,726 and death toll to 7,133. The number of active cases in Mumbai are 17,825 now.

According to the health department data, the recovery rate in the state is 69.82 per cent, while the fatality rate is 3.38 per cent. Around 10,44,974 people are in home quarantine and 37,524 in institutional quarantine.

Meanwhile, state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the threat of Covid-19 still persists. Therefore, the process of lifting the lockdown in the state would be done in a stepwise manner. It is more important how to lift the lockdown than when to come out of it, Thackeray said in a video interaction with a team of doctors who are part of the task force set up by his government to combat Covid-19.

“Those who hurriedly lifted the lockdown had to impose it again. I don’t want a second wave of coronavirus in the state,” the chief minister said.

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