The number of active coronavirus cases in Maharashtra crossed the 500-mark on Saturday after 47 more persons tested positive for COVID-19.
The state had reported 490 cases till Friday night. However, with the addition of newer cases, the number has jumped to 537 as of Saturday morning.
According to Maharashtra Health Department, of the 47 new cases, 28 were reported in Mumbai, 15 in Thane district, 2 in Pune and one each in Amravati and Pimpri Chinchwad.
The death toll due to the deadly virus has also risen to 26, which makes Maharashtra the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The most recent casualties were a 65-year-old man who was already suffering from a kidney ailment and died at HBT Hospital, and another 61-year-old who had diabetes and died at Rajawadi hospital, the department said.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 2,902, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total number of deaths reported due to the deadly virus stands at 68, it said.
In Mumbai, which has seen most cases in the state, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has designated over 200 areas as ‘containment zones’ where confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients were found.Back to latest news