Home / News / India /  Covid-19: Maharashtra's tally jumps to 1,018 with 150 new cases

Mumbai: On Tuesday, Maharashtra added 150 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total number of infected people in the state to 1,018 patients, according to data from the public health department of Maharashtra.

There were 12 deaths in the state taking the toll to 64, while 79 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after full recovery.

While Mumbai recorded the highest number of cases at 642 Covid-19 positive patients and 40 deaths, Pune’s tally stood at 130 with 18 new cases and eight deaths, followed by Navi Mumbai that had 28 cases and two deaths, Kalyan-Dombivli that had 24 cases and one death, Thane with 21 cases and three deaths and Pimpri-Chinchwad area that had 17 confirmed cases.

A total of 20,877 samples were collected from the state, of which 1,018 were found to be Ccovid-19 positive. So far, 35,694 patients have been kept in home quarantine, while 4,008 people have been quarantined in government facilities.

The state is also carrying out a thorough search of citizens who had attended the religious gathering at Banglewali Masjid, Nizamuddin in early March, at the level of all districts and municipal corporations. Till date, 23 such people were found to be infected in the state. Of these, eight cases came from Latur, six cases were from Buldhana and two each from these were from Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Ahmednagar and one each were from Hingoli, Jalgaon and Washim.

The confirmed cases in Mumbai also include two new cases reported in Dharavi, taking the total in Asia’s largest slum to seven cases, as of 7 April.

The new patients in Dharavi are relatives of a previous Covid-19 case from Dr Baliga Nagar area of the slum. After a 30-year old female tested positive for the deadly virus, her 80-year old father and 49-year old brother have also been confirmed.

Besides four Covid-19 positive cases from Dr Baliga Nagar, which includes a death, Dharavi has an infected 35-year old doctor from Vaibhav Apartment, a 49-year old in Mukund Nagar and a 21-year old who tested positive in Madina Nagar.

On 1 April, a 56-year old man residing in Dr Baliga Nagar, slum rehabilitation society in Dharavi, succumbed to the virus. The victim showed symptoms such as fever, cough, respiratory issues and had no travel history. He was moved to Sion Hospital after he complained of fever on 23 March. Doctors said the deceased had underlying conditions that led to renal failure.

The spread of the highly contagious virus in Dharavi is alarming, as it is home to over one million people who live in cramped spaces in an area that spans about 0.82 square miles. Compared to Mumbai’s population density of over 76,000 people per square mile, the highest in the world, Dharavi has 8.69 lakh people per square mile, making it a potential hotspot for the spread of coronavirus.

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