No Covid deaths in 31 districts, Maharashtra sees lowest daily tally since May 2020

31 out of 36 districts of Maharashtra did not record a single death COVID-19 on Monday. The only four districts that reported deaths due to Covid-19 on that day were Pune, Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Thane.

As per the data shared by the state health department, 889 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths due to the infection were reported across Maharashtra on Monday. On Monday, no cases were reported in 14 districts and single digits were reported in 12 districts.

State Monitoring Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate told Indian Express This was the lowest number of cases reported in Maharashtra since the first week of May 2020. “We never went below 1,000 cases across the state … this is the lowest number since the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Awate said.

Dr Archana Patil, Director of Health Services, said, “Despite the festive season, the state has a mortality rate of less than 2 per cent without a sudden spike in cases. We have been able to control the mortality rate by focusing on the more serious patients.”

On March 17, 2020, the state reported its first Covid-19 casualty, when a 64-year-old man succumbed to the infection. As of October 25, there have been 1,40,028 deaths in the state. The highest number of deaths have been recorded in Pune (19,576), followed by Mumbai (16,220).

Officials are keeping a close watch on the variant of Sars-Cov-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19. “We only need to worry about new forms of fiction coronavirus. But if the situation remains like this till December, we can call it ‘endemic’,” said Dr Avinash Supe, in-charge of the state Covid death committee.