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After a 2-week lull, COVID fatality rises over the 500-mark in Maharashtra

In Mumbai, coronavirus tallies have been curbed within the 1000-case threshold for over 6 weeks now.

In an alarming COVID development, Maharashtra's virus toll suddenly shot over the 500-mark for the first time in 14 days. Meanwhile, the number of fresh cases remained below the 10,000-mark, at 8,992 on Friday, lower than the April 16 peak of 68,631 cases. A high alert is still valid here for a third possible wave, especially in the wake of new circulating strains and variants.

Rising COVID trends in Maharashtra

As per reports, the fatality meter scaled by 299 casualties over the Thursday count, at a total of 738 deaths. The state last recorded 511 deaths on June 25, post which the case mortality remained within the sub-500 range.

A 2.03% high COVID death ratio in Maharashtra, a rampant rise in virus-related fatalities, with 738 deaths on Friday, mounted the pandemic concerns. While this number is significantly below the state's peak toll of 2,771 death on June 13, it rings safety alarms - especially after a fortnight of mortality lull. Reportedly, Maharashtra has witnessed 125,034 COVID related deaths as yet, the worst in the country.

The state has reported as many as 61,40,968 COVID patients, since the outbreak of the virus in 2020. With this, Maharashtra itself bears a tally that is higher than that of France, which stands at number 4 in the world, in the list of worst-hit COVID regions. This scale has the US, India and Brazil at the top 3 positions.

Mumbai COVID update

In Mumbai, coronavirus tallies have been curbed within the 1000 case threshold for over 6 weeks now. On Friday, the city reported around 596 fresh cases, pushing the city's COVID aggregate to 7,26,633 cases as yet. Mumbai recorded the infection peak on April 4, with 11,206 cases in a single day. The pandemic horrors intensified with 13 new deaths here, in the last 24 hours, pulling up the toll to a count of 15,599 deaths on Friday.

In a positive trend, however, the state saw a total of 10,458 daily recoveries on Friday. The state's recuperation ratio now stands at 96.08%, with 59,00,440 total recoveries till date. Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home isolation increased from 624,511 on Thursday to 627,243 now. Parallelly, those shunted to institutional quarantine went up from 4,572 on Thursday to 4,756 on Friday.

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