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Maharashtra registers another record single-day spike; nearly 60,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

The state also recorded 322 deaths

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/INDIA-MAHARASHTRA A woman walks past a graffiti, on a street, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in Mumbai | Reuters

Maharashtra, on Wednesday, recorded the highest daily count of 59,907 COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 31,73,261. With many as 322 deaths recorded in the day, the state's death toll rose to 56,652, a health department official said.

The state also recorded 30,296 recoveries. The number of active cases now stands at 5,01,559. The recovery rate in the state at present is 82.36.

Pune and Mumbai emerged as the biggest contributors to the COVID-19 count, with the former topping the list with 11,023 cases.

Mumbai, meanwhile, reported more than 10,000 cases for the third time. On Wednesday, the city reported 10,428 new coronavirus cases and 23 fresh fatalities. This is for the second consecutive day that the city has reported more than 10,000 infections. For the third time this month, it has witnessed a single-day case growth in five digits.

According to the BMC data, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Mumbai is 81,886 now.

The state government, on Sunday, announced a weekend lockdown and night curfew during the weekdays from Monday to April 30, in addition to a slew of other restrictions like the closure of private offices, theatres and salons to curb the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases.

The weekend lockdown will start from 8 pm on Fridays and last till 7 am on Mondays. Besides, prohibitory orders will be in force during the daytime on weekdays.

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