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Maharashtra sees new Covid cases rise over 6,000 after 26 days | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The state reported over 6,000 Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour window after 26 days on Wednesday, with 6,159 new cases taking the tally since the outbreak to 17,95,959.

The average daily cases in the past few weeks were 4,700.

Covid-19 fatalities in the state more than doubled to 65 from the 30 each on Tuesday and Monday, taking the toll to 46,748. A state government release said that of the 65 deaths, 56 had occurred in the latest 48 hours and nine last week. The case fatality rate remained 2.6%.

The city added 1,144 new cases, taking its tally to 2,78,597. Both state and municipal officials attributed the rise to more testing.

Deaths in the city numbered under 20 for the 14th day despite an increase to 17, which took the toll to 10,725.

The state conducted 90,383 tests, with nearly 17,000 of these in the city.

“What is significant is that the daily positivity rate for the state has dropped to 6%,” Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, said.

Following the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, the state government directed districts to increase the number of tests. Guidelines by the Centre say the number of RTPCR tests should be increased in comparison with the less sensitive antigen test.

“There were many districts that were doing nearly 80% antigen tests and very little RT-PCR, which is the gold standard. With the testing going up in the state, the number of cases detected everyday is bound to increase,” an official said.

He said the districts have also been asked to ensure that a sizable number of tests that are being conducted are of service providers.

Tests had dropped from a daily average of 88,000 in September to 70,700 in October and 65,000 in November. The fall was in the range of 25,000-30,000 during Diwali.

Dr Awate said that in anticipation of a second wave, all districts had been asked to revitalise their testing efforts.

“The state is closely monitoring the situation. A SOP of some restrictions that will help reduce crowding but will not hamper revenue generation is also being worked out,” the official said.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region reported 2,194 cases, breaching the 2,000-mark after several weeks. It saw 22 deaths — 17 from the city, 2 from Navi Mumbai and 3 from Panvel.

Besides the 22 MMR deaths in the state release, the Thane Municipal Corporation reported another three deaths. If added to the state figures for the MMR, the final number would be 25, but the state did not confirm the three Thane deaths.

Thane reported 194 new cases, taking the tally to 50,385. The death toll reached 1,159. The recovery rate was 94% with 47,638 patients recovered and 1,588 active cases.

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