Maharashtra on Friday logged 773 Covid-linked deaths in the last 24 hours, registering its biggest single-day spike in the death count, according to official data. The worst-hit state also reported 66,836 new cases as the rapid second wave of infections ripped through the country. However, after weeks, the state recorded more recoveries than fresh cases.
According to the state government, 74,045 patients were discharged after recovery. As of now, 34,04,792 people have been discharged at an overall recovery rate of 81.81 per cent.
Maharashtra currently has 6,91,851 active cases - highest in the country.
The state's death rate is 1.52 per cent.
41,88,266 people are in home quarantine and 29,378 people are in institutional quarantine, the state government said.
The state's case positivity rate is a whopping 16.53 per cent.
Pune continues to lead the surge in the state with 9,863 cases and 30 deaths in 24 hours. Nagpur surpassed Mumbai on Friday as it reported 7,970 coronavirus cases against the Maharashtra capital's 7,221 cases.
Mumbai also reported more recoveries than cases. 9,541 people were discharged in the last 24 hours. The city's one-day death count was 72 on Friday.
India on Friday logged 3,32,730 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic started last year. This was the second consecutive day that the country reported over three lakh cases.
Maharashtra and other 11 "high Covid-burden" states have been reporting shortages of medical oxygen, essential drugs and life-saving oxygen.
At a virtual meeting of chief ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked for extra medical oxygen, adequate supply of anti-Covid vaccines and the permission to import antiviral Remdesivir to tackle the surge.