Maharashtra Records Highest 2021 COVID Spike With Over 23,000 Cases In 24 Hours

Contributing to over 60% of total cases in India, Maharashtra recorded 23,179 infections yesterday, with Nagpur leading at 2,692 new patients, followed by Pune at 2,612 cases

Raghav N

March 18, 2021

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Maharashtra recorded its highest single day fresh COVID cases in 2021 with over 23,000 cases in the last 24 hours. At 23,179 infections, the state constituted nearly 65% of the total cases in India, that stood at 35,871 yesterday (17 March). Several cities have been placed under revised restrictions by the Uddhav Thackeray government in the wake of the second wave of the Coronavirus.

Nagpur continues to rank on top as the worst-affected city, as it reported 2,692 cases yesterday, followed by Pune at 2,612 new patients. While the former is under a strict week-long lockdown from 15 March to 21 March, a night curfew has been imposed in Pune from 11 pm to 6 am. Apart from this, schools and colleges have been ordered shut and public gatherings have been limited to a maximum of 50 people at a time. Mumbai is on the third position with 2,377 cases yesterday.

The state has seen a constant rise in new cases from 10 March, when 13,659 infections were detected. Though there was a considerable drop in new contagions on 15 March at 15,051 from the 16,620 cases recorded a day before on 14 March, there was a spike again on 16 March with 17,864 cases coming to light.

According to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the positivity rate of the state went up from 10.9% on 1 March to 16.4% on 15 March

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