Maharashtra Covid-19 positive cases shoot to 302, 11 deaths

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray again appealed to people to remain indoors and maintain social distancing

Mumbai: A 50-year old man died due to Covid-19 at a government hospital in Palghar, raising the total toll in Maharashtra to 11, officials said here late in Tuesday.

Earlier, in the sharpest spurt since lockdown started, the state notched a staggering 302 Covid-19 positive cases with the highest number from Mumbai.

According to an official, the latest victim had been admitted to a private hospital in Palghar on Sunday with high fever and coughing.

Later he was shifted to the Palghar government hospital where he succumbed this evening.

His medical reports were positive for Covid-19, said an official.

In the past 24 hours, the number of cases skyrocketed from 259 to 302 – an increase of 43 cases.

The total positive cases stood comprised 151 in Mumbai, 48 in Pune, 36 in Thane region, 25 in Sangli, Nagpur 16, eight in Ahmednagar, four in Yavatmal, three in Buldhana, two each in Satara and Kolhapur, one each in Aurangabad, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Gondia, Jalgaon, Nashik, besides one from Gujarat.

The state has so far notched 11 Covid-19 deaths, including 8 in Mumbai, and one each in Palghar, Pune and Buldhana. Among them the state”s youngest victim, a 40-year old suburban home-maker with no history of foreign travel, and a medico in his early 80s, said officials.

As per the latest official data, so far 39 persons have fully recovered and discharged to go home, while 23,914 people are in home quarantine, 1434 in institutional isolation across the state.

Addressing the state late this evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray again appealed to the people to remain indoors and maintain social distancing.

“The ”war against coronavirus” has reached a crucial stage and this is the time to exercise extreme precautions. Please do not step out of your homes for your own safety,” he pleaded.

IANS

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