Mumbai, (Samajweekly) Maharashtra on Thursday recorded its highest-ever figure of Covid-19 deaths, at 298, and second-highest number of new cases on Thursday, at 9,895, with Mumbai region recording its highest toll at 130, health officials said.
The daily tally was he second-highest after 10,576 on July 22, as fresh cases soared in the 8,000-plus range in the second half of July. The number of deaths continued to remain in the 200-plus range, with Thursday’s 298, crossing the 295 toll on July 4.
With the fresh fatalities, the state’s death toll went up to 12,854, while the total cases touched 347,502 – both highest in the country.
According to Thursday’s figures, there was one death roughly every 5 minutes and a stupendous 412 new cases every hour.
After three consecutive days of a falling recovering rate, Thursday saw an increase from 54.62 per cent a day earlier to 55.09 per cent, while the current mortality rate stood at 3.07 per cent.
The Health Department said that of the total cases till date, 140,092 are active.
A total of 5,552 recovered patients returned home on Thursday, taking the total number of discharged patients to 187,769.
Of the total 298 fatalities, Pune notched the highest 78 deaths, while Mumbai recorded 55 deaths, taking up the toll in the country’s commercial capital to 5,930 while the number of corona cases increased by 1,245 to touch 105,923 now...