Maharashtra today reported 568 deaths because of the coronavirus, registering its highest ever single-day spike in death count. It also logged 67,468 new cases in 24 hours.
Pune remains the worst-affected city in Maharashtra with 10,852 cases and 35 deaths. Mumbai logged 7,684 cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Nagpur with 7,555 cases and 41 deaths.
Nashik, where 24 people died today because of disruption in oxygen supply triggered by a leak in a tanker, reported 6,703 cases and 29 deaths.
54,985 patients were discharged today, taking total recoveries to 32,68,449.
The recovery rate in the state is 81.15%.
“Out of 2,46,14,480 laboratory samples 40,27,827 have been tested positive (16.36%) for COVID-19 until today,” a government statement read.
Currently 39,15,292 people are in home quarantine and 28,384 people are in institutional quarantine.
Maharashtra, worst affected by the second coronavirus wave, had reported 62,097 fresh coronavirus cases and 519 deaths on Tuesday.
The state has reported over 60,000 daily coronavirus cases several times this month.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced a night curfew and weekend lockdown to stem the growth of the virus.
However, the measures have not been able to improve he coronavirus situation in the state.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said the ministers of the state had urged Mr Thackeray to announce a complete lockdown.
However, hours after the remark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an address to the nation, urged states to use lockdown as the last resort.