Mumbai: Maharashtra recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the country on Monday, for the first time since January 4. The state reported 3,365 new cases, higher than Kerala’s count of 2,884. The fresh cases took Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally to 20,67,643.
Fresh coronavirus cases reported on February 15 took the COVID-19 tally to 20,67,643 in Maharashtra. 23 more patients succumbed to the infection. Notably, since February 10, the state has been recording over 3,000 cases daily.
According to the latest official figures, 1,355 patients were discharged on February 14, taking the number of recovered persons to 19,78,708 in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar called the situation “appalling” and expressed displeasure over not following the guidelines imposed on the deadly infectious disease.
“I have come to know (report) that people are not following COVID-19 guidelines for the purpose of investigating the spread of infection. If the situation worsens, we may have to pay a heavy price for this negligence.”
The Deputy Chief Minister said, “The number of new cases in the state is alarming. We have seen that in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic, there has been a lockout in many parts of the world.”
Mumbai reported the highest number of single-day cases in the state with 493 more people testing positive.
In a positive development, Palghar district in Maharashtra did not report a single COVID-19 case on 15 February. Nagpur city recorded 415 cases, Amravati accounted for 405, Pune city 202 and Buldhana 173 infections.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) accounted for 880 infections out of a total of 3,365 fresh cases.
The Union Health Ministry has vaccinated against COVID19 and the cumulative number of health workers has crossed 85 lakh today. In Maharashtra, 6,94,667 people received the first dose of the COVD vaccine and 2,28728 received the second job.
10 states that recorded the highest number of vaccinations are Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, the health ministry announced.