The state of Maharashtra has become a magnanimous donor of COVID-19 cases to India, even as the state continues to shoot high it’s trajectory in COVID-19 cases, metropolitan cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have recorded worst ever cases of COVID-19 since the arrival of June.
With the growl of COVID-19 raging loud, a 10-day complete lockdown has been enforced from Thursday in Thane and two other civic administration limits adjoining the city of Mumbai to contain the spread of fatal COVID-19.
Only essential services and medical emergencies have been exempted from the lockdown, while inter-city buses, autorickshaws and taxis will not be allowed to operate in these civic limits. The lockdown came into force from 7 am on Thursday and will continue till 7 am on July 12.
Maharashtra, on Wednesday recorded 5,537 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 1.8 lakh. With 198 deaths also recorded on the day, the toll crossed 8,000 as the state clocked 100 days of lockdown. With 1,487 new cases, and 73 deaths, Mumbai has touched a total of 79,145 positive cases and 4,631 deaths.
Of the 129 deaths that took place before June 29, maximum were recorded in Mumbai at 69, followed by Mira Bhayander at 23. The state’s fatality rate stands at 4.47 per cent, while Mumbai has a higher death rate of 5.8 per cent. In the last 48 hours, 27 deaths were reported in Pune, eight in Jalgaon, five in Thane, three each in Mira Bhayander and Jalna, two in Osmanabad, and one each in Akola, Latur, Sindhudurg, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Dhule, Vasai-Virar, and Kalyan.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday performed a ‘mahapooja’ at the Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur, on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi. “I prayed to Mauli. We want to see a miracle. Show us a miracle. Human beings have given up. We don’t have medicine. There is nothing. How to go on with life by covering the mouth with a strip,” the Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, India reported 434 deaths and 19,148 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of infections Thursday crossed the 6 lakh-mark to reach 6,04,641, including 17834 deaths, 2,26,947 active cases, and 3,59,860 recoveries.