MUMBAI: Continuing with its high daily additions, Maharashtra on Sunday reported 390 deaths, its highest so far in five months of the pandemic, while for the second day in a row, the state added over 12,000 Covid-19 cases.

The cumulative death toll of the state stood at 17,757 on Sunday. With the addition of 12,248 cases, the overall Covid-19 tally jumped to 5,15,332. The highest daily addition was reported on Saturday with 12,822 cases.
Mumbai’s contribution was 1,066 cases and it accounted for 12.3% of deaths reported on Sunday. Total cases in the city are now 1,23,382; with 48 fatalities on Sunday, overall toll rose to 6,799. And active cases in Mumbai are at 19,700.
In a silver lining though, the state reported more discharges than daily additions- a record 13,348 people were discharged on Sunday, taking total discharges to 3,51,710, crossing the 3.5 lakh mark. The state’s rate of recovery was 68.2%.
In terms of new cases, Pune division continued to drive the state’s Covid graph with the highest addition – 3,680 cases were added and 113 deaths reported. Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said senior doctors from the state taskforce in Mumbai are guiding districts to reduce their case fatality rates, but if that does not suffice, the state is thinking of sending expert doctors to districts with higher death rates. The state’s positivity dropped to 18% after hovering above 19% for all of July. An expert, however, attributed this to the growing use of antigen tests.
MMR region reported 2,183 cases and 64 deaths; total cases in MMR were 1,43,486 and 3942 deaths. Kalyan-Dombivli had 297 new patients, taking total here to 22,452. The twin cities also reported nine deaths, taking the toll to 440. On Sunday 305 patients also got discharged, taking discharges to 17,345 and remaining active cases to 4,667.
In Thane, 202 fresh Covid cases were reported, taking the tally here to 21,172 and three new deaths took the toll to 676 till date. Nearly 36% of all cases found in Thane on Saturday were from the plush Majiwada-Manpada ward area. The Naupada-Kopri ward, comprising largely of middle class neighbourhoods, also has been reporting more cases.
In sharp contrast, Mumbra ward, which was contributing some of the highest numbers, has consistently reported single digit numbers since last few weeks. On Friday, not a single positive patient was reported from here.
In Navi Mumbai, there were 332 positive cases on Sunday, taking total count to 18,481. Eight deaths were also reported, taking the toll to 469.
As on Sunday, over 10 lakh people in the state were under home quarantine and only 34,957 people were in institutional quarantine.

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