With shocking 7,074 new COVID-19 cases in 24-hours, Maharashtra's total jumped the 2-lakh mark on Saturday while making a record daily high of 295 deaths.
With Saturday's 295 declared deaths, the state death total climbed from 8,376 a day earlier to 8,671 and total cases to 2,00,064 till date, both the highest in the nation.
The recovery rate in the state fell slightly from 54.24 per cent a day earlier to 54.02 per cent, while the mortality rate stood at 4.33 per cent. The Health Department said of the total cases declared till date, 83,295 are active cases which is lower than the number of cured patients, indicating a positive development.
Of the total 295 fatalities on Saturday, Thane solely notched a shocking 179 deaths, surpassing Mumbai for the first time since the outbreak broke out. Mumbai notched 68 fatalities, pulling up the city's death toll to 4,830, whereas the number of coronavirus patients shot up by 1,163 cases to touch 83,237. Besides Thane's 179 and Mumbai's 68, 15 deaths were reported in Pune, 9 in Solapur, 7 in Jalgaon, 6 in Aurangabad, 5 in Palghar, 3 in Akola, 2 in Latur, and 1 in Yavatmal.
The MMR (Thane division) continues to be tense as deaths and cases continue to pile up, with a total of 6,312 Covid-19 fatalities and a whopping 4,045 new patients pushing up the number of positive cases to 141,828.
Pune district comes third with 26,956 patients and 841 deaths till now. Even the Pune division (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) fell way behind Thane and the MMR with 31,336 patients and 1,181 fatalities on Saturday.
On the positive front, 3,395 cured patients returned home on Saturday, taking the total discharge cases to 1,08,082. Among the eight divisions in the state, only Kolhapur and Nagpur recorded zero fatalities on Saturday, though there were new cases.
Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased from yesterday's 589,448 to 596,038, while those in institutional quarantine decreased from 42,371 to 41,566 on Saturday.
(With inputs from IANS)