COVID Rerun: This State Staring At 1000 Daily Deaths, Warns Govt

Mumbai: Active COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra could top 3 lakh by April 4, said the state health department.

According to the department, Pune district has recorded the highest number of active infections (61,125) followed by Nagpur (47,707) and Mumbai (32,927).

Worse, the health department warned, several districts are likely to face a shortage in treatment facilities. Nagpur and Thane could be among the most-affected district unless they amp up their facilities, it said. The death toll could also rise above 64,000 in next 11 days.

Projections of the public health department were based on the current 1% weekly average growth rate of infections, and has been shared with all districts in the state.

Using a cumulative case fatality rate of 2.27%, the department predicted 64,613 possible mortalities against a total caseload of 28,24,382, indicating a projection of up to 1,000 deaths a day over the next two weeks, said a report in The Times of India.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported a record 31,855 new coronavirus cases, its highest ever single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic. The total caseload of the state rose to 25,64,881 with 2,47,299 active cases and the death toll rose to 53,684 with 95 new fatalities.

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