Daily COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra may rise up to 15,000, says officials

COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra
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After reducing to 1,948 on February 1, the daily COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra again boosted almost five times on Friday to 10,216. As per the reports, the tally for the last time was this high was four-and-a-half months ago on October 17 (10,259). In Mumbai, cases seem to have risen around 1,000, with BMC registering 1,174 cases on Friday, the third straight day of 1,000-plus cases.

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The death toll remains average, said experts, with 53 in the state and three in the city on Friday. “Cases are rising in Maharashtra and a few other states, but this is the cyclic nature of viral pandemics,” stated Dr Satish Pawar from the state health services. Experts also believe that the daily tally of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra could rise further.

A senior state health official said, “We expect cases to increase to 15,000 daily,” adding that it’s unlikely to cut-across the September 2020 high of 20,000 daily. State officials have so far continued that the surge isn’t caused by a new coronavirus variant.

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On Thursday, sixteen fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and two deaths due to the virus were reported in Arvi. The village has a population of around 5,000, district collector Deepak Muglikar told PTI. People of the village have been asked not to step out of their houses and a door-to-door survey has taken place to know if any more people have contracted the infection, the official said.