Maharashtra reports 144 more COVID deaths, cases cross 3 lakh-mark


Mumbai, July 18, 2020

Maharashtra today reported 144 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the toll to 11,516, while the total number of cases increased by 8,348, raising the tally so far in the state past three 3 lakh-mark to 300,937, both numbers being the highest in the country.

The number of deaths in a day in the state has fallen below the 200-mark for the first time in July.

The highest number of deaths in a day in the state so far is 295, reported on July 4. The highest number of cases in a day was 8,641, recorded on July 16.

The recovery rate in the western state marginally increased from 54.81 per cent a day earlier to 55.05 per cent on Saturday, while the mortality rate stood at 3.85 per cent.

The Health Department said that of the total cases till date, 123,377 are active cases.

As many as 5,306 recovered patients returned home on Saturday, taking the total number of discharged patients to 165,663.

Of the total 144 deaths reported today, Mumbai alone accounted for 65, taking the toll in the city to 5,650 and the total number of cases went up by 1,186 past the one lakh-mark to touch 100,350.

However, the recovery in Mumbai is also the highest in the country at 70 per cent with a case doubling rate of 54 days now, said the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Besides Mumbai's 65 deaths, there were 32 fatalities in Pune, 12 in Thane, 8 in Palghar, 5 each in Solapur and Ratnagiri, 4 each in Nashik and Aurangabad, 2 each in Amravati and Buldhana, and 1 each in Raigad, Dhule, Jalgaon, Latur and Osmanabad.

Meanwhile, 72 SRPF troopers tested COVID-positive on Saturday, while another 42 of their colleagues, plus 87 from CRPF and 2 from BSF are among the 203 armed personnel who have been infected and sent to quarantine, an official said.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) (Thane Division) remains on edge as deaths spiral and cases pile up, with the current death toll at 8,071 and a staggering 3,789 new cases, pushing up the number of cases to 196,046.

Thane cases have touched 73,289 with 1,976 fatalities to emerge as the second worst-hit district in the state after Mumbai.

Pune district continues to zoom ahead by notching 51,575 cases, with the death toll increasing from 1,282 a day earlier to 1,314 on Saturday.

The death toll in Pune Division (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) death toll reached 1,771 with the case tally touching 59,147, but it remains far behind MMR and Thane district.

The next major region of concern is Nashik Division with 870 fatalities and 19,528 cases, followed by Aurangabad Division notching 428 deaths and 11,449 cases, and Akola Division recording 184 fatalities and 4,449 cases.

Next on the list is Kolhapur Division, which has notched 95 deaths and 4,131 cases, followed by Latur Division with 114 fatalities and 2,599 cases, and Nagpur Division with 31 deaths and 3,340 cases.

Among the eight divisions, only Nagpur recorded zero fatalities on Saturday, while Chandrapur (out of total 36) remains a zero-Covid-death district till date, though all divisions and districts in the state have notched fresh cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased sharply from 724,602 to 740,884 now, while those in institutional quarantine went up from 44,284 to 45,552 on Saturday.