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Restrictions imposed in Maharashtra will continue with some relaxations in view of the rising coronavirus cases, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. The ongoing Covid-19 curbs in Maharashtra will be in place till 1 June.

It has been decided that all Covid-related restrictions will not be lifted as 21 districts have more than a 10% positivity rate, the Maharashtra Health Minister said.

The Maharashtra government is also concerned about some districts where the number of Covid-19 patients have increased.

Speaking to reporters, Tope added, “Relaxations could be given in the districts where cases are declining, guidelines will be issued in a few days.”

Maharashtra black fungus cases

The Maharashtra government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that the state has so far recorded 3,200 cases of mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, a serious infection being found in COVID-19 patients.

As against Maharashtra’s requirement of 14,000 vials per day, the state was receiving only 4,000 to 5,000 doses each day, the state’s counsel, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, told the court.

“There are 3,200 cases of mucormycosis as of now in the state. Mucormycosis has been declared a notified disease, so when the health-care establishment receives a patient, they have to inform public health officials, so at the state-level we can have complete data of patients,” he told the HC.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 24,752 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the state’s infection tally to 56,50,907, while 453 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 91,341, the health department said.

Out of the 453 deaths, 323 occurred in the last 48 hours and 130 during the the last week, it said. The state also added another 539 deaths to the cumulative figure due to updating of fatality counts by various civic bodies and districts.

Hence, the overall death toll went up by 992 compared to Tuesday, the department said. After a gap of a couple of weeks, the state witnessed more new coronavirus cases than daily recoveries.

As many as 23,065 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 52,41,833, the department said. Maharashtra’s active cases stood at 3,15,042, it said.

The state’s COVID-19 recovery rate stood at 92.76 per cent, while the case fatality rate was 1.62 per cent, the department said. As many as 2,83,394 people were tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the number of samples examined so far in the state to 3,38,24,959, it said.

Mumbai saw 1,352 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths, taking its infection tally to 7,00,340 and the death toll to 14,684, the department said.

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