15,077 Covid Cases In A Day In Maharashtra; Mumbai Restrictions Eased

15,077 Covid Cases In A Day In Maharashtra; Mumbai Restrictions Eased

Mumbai is moving to ease restrictions necessitated by the devastating second wave of Covid (File)

New Delhi:

Maharashtra, the worst affected state in the country by the coronavirus pandemic, today reported 15,077 cases in 24 hours – lowest in three months. The daily death count has also dropped to a two-month low as the reported 184 Covid fatalities today.

The state’s Covid fatality rate now stands at 1.66% while the positivity rate at 16.39%.

The recovery rate has shot past 93% and 33,000 patients were discharged today. Currently, there are 2,53,367 active cases in Maharashtra.

The state capital Mumbai is moving to ease restrictions as the city also recorded a drop in daily cases. The curbs were necessitated by a deadly second sweep of coronavirus that crippled the country’s healthcare facilities and left many reeling under a shortage of medicines and oxygen. The country’s financial capital logged 929 cases in a day on Friday – lowest since March 2.

Mumbai’s civic body BMC has listed the guidelines for the graded reopening in an order issued today. All shops selling essential items will be allowed to be open between 7 am and 2 pm starting tomorrow till June 15. Shops selling non-essential commodities will be allowed to open on alternate days – shops on one side of the road will be allowed to open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while shops on the other side on Tuesday and Thursday. The sides will be swapped every week.

All non-essential stores will however remain shut on weekends.

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