Maharashtra’s single-day Covid death count remained worryingly high on Saturday, signalling that even though the daily case figures have been on the declining trajectory lately, the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.
On Friday, Maharashtra, which had been consistently logging over 60,000 daily Covid cases last month, reported less than 40,000 cases in 24 hours after several weeks. Today, the daily Covid cases dropped further — the state logged 34,898 cases.
The state has witnessed a sharp spike in deaths due to the pandemic in 24 hours – from 695 on Friday to 960 today.
Recoveries outnumbered total cases in the last 24 hours – 59,073 patients were discharged on Saturday. The state’s recovery rate is 89.2 per cent. At 17.33 per cent, Maharashtra’s case positivity rate has also seen a decline.
Pune remains the worst-affected city in the state with 5,371 cases and 52 deaths, followed by Solapur, which reported 2,278 cases and 77 deaths.
Mumbai, which has been praised for bringing its coronavirus numbers down in the last two weeks, reported 1,447 cases.
However, at 62, the Maharashtra capital’s death count was bigger than the worst-hit Pune.
Nagpur reported a massive spike in death count – it logged 1,476 cases and 144 deaths in 24 hours.