Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate nears 91 per cent
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Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate nears 91 per cent

The state's recovery rate increased from 90.31 per cent to 90.46 per cent, while the current mortality rate stood at 2.61 per cent

Maharashtra's Covid-19 deaths remained above the 100-mark, but infections dropped and the recovery rate improved, with a whopping 7.38 lakh freed from home quarantine, health officials said here on Tuesday.

The state witnessed 120 deaths on Tuesday, against 104 fatalities reported on Monday, taking the state's death toll to 44,248. The state recorded 4,909 fresh cases - much lower that the peak single-day tally of 24,886 reported on September 11 - as the state's tally jumped to 16,92,693 cases till date.

The state's recovery rate increased from 90.31 per cent to 90.46 per cent, while the current mortality rate stood at 2.61 per cent.

Simultaneously, another lot of 6,973 fully recovered patients returned home - higher than the fresh infections for the day - taking the total number of recoveries to 15,31,277 till date, much higher than the 116,543 active cases currently present in the state.

As per Tuesday's figures, there was one death roughly every 12 minutes and 205 new cases added every hour to the state's tally. Twelve districts, including Aurangabad, notched zero fatalities, after including the reconciliation of deaths in several districts, including Mumbai.

Remaining in the sub-50 range for the third day this month, Mumbai recorded a low of 15 fatalities, taking the city's death toll to 10,323, while the number of corona cases shot up by 746 to 259,857.

Of the total 8 circles, Mumbai circle's (MMR, comprising Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad) fatalities shot up by 28, but owing to a reconciliation of the deaths, the toll dropped to 17,832, and with another spike of 1,492 new infectees, the total cases zoomed to 587,855.

With another 31 fatalities, the Pune circle's (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) death toll zoomed to 9,675 and the daily infections increased by 951 to 428,383. Nashik circle has so far recorded 4,300 deaths and 227,043 cases, followed by Kolhapur circle's 3,724 fatalities and 109,637 cases, and Nagpur circle's 3,627 deaths and 151,061 cases.

The number of people sent to home quarantine plummeted dramatically by 738,114 - from 25,33,780 to 17,95,666 now - while the number of those in institutional quarantine went down from 12,195 to 11,969 on Tuesday.

MSRTC STAFF TESTS POSITIVE

At least 46 drivers and conductors of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation's (MSRTC) Sangli division, deployed to function civic BEST buses in Mumbai, have tested positive for COVID-19. With this, the number of drivers and conductors from MSRTC Sangli division who were infected after working in Mumbai has now gone to over 150.

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