Maharashtra crosses three lakh-mark while its capital Mumbai crosses one lakh coronavirus cases

Maharashtra, the worst hit state by the coronavirus pandemic in the country, crossed the three lakh-mark on Saturday while its capital Mumbai crossed the grim milestone of one lakh cases with an addition of 1,186 new patients in the last 24 hours, the state health department said.
The state’s overall tally has now shot up to 3,00,937 with 8,348 new cases, it said. The total number of the fatalities has risen to 11,596 with 144 patients succumbing to the infection, including 86 COVID-related deaths in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Maharashtra now has 1,26,926 active cases while the total number of patients cured of the disease stood at 1,65,665.
Maharashtra’s recovery rate now stands at 55.05 per cent while the mortality rate is at 3.85 per cent.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday reiterated that that religious, social and political gatherings will remain prohibited in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chief Minister’s statement came ahead of the Bakri Eid and Ganesh festivals.
The Shiv Sena boss, in a virtual meeting with collectors and municipal commissioners, also called for replication of the Dharavi model elsewhere in the state to stem the spread of the virus.
“Care should be taken to ensure that new containment zones do not get created,” he said.
Last week, the World Health Organisation had praised the Mumbai civic body’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus spread in Dharavi, a major slum pocket in Mumbai.