India's COVID-19 tally continues to rise, with the country having recorded more than 75,000 COVID-19 cases -- the highest single day spike -- as of Thursday morning. The Health Ministry data is updated at 8 am every morning, and so, the numbers are likely to have risen quite a bit since then.
Maharashtra alone recorded 14,718 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 7,33,568 in the state. The death toll reached 23,444, with 355 new fatalities being recorded. An official said that the number of active cases in the state is 1,78,234.
On the other hand, 9,136 people were discharged from hospitals on Thursday, taking the number of recovered coronavirus patients in the state to 5,31,563.
The state capital reported 1,350 new cases and 30 deaths. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the city has now risen to 1,40,882 and the death toll stands at 7,535. The number of active cases in Mumbai is 19,460.
Mumbai has, in recent days seen comparatively lower number of cases, even as other parts of the western state show alarming trends. According to a tweeted update by the BMC, the recovery rate now stands at 81% while the doubling rate has fallen a few notches to 86 days.
According to the daily breakdown of cases and the available facilities given by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, as of August 26, 7,34,619 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.
This incidentally makes Mumbai one of the highest ranked cities when it comes to the number of tests conducted per million.
Testing has been ramped up in the city, and data shows that while the number of cases had spiked correspondingly, this had gradually slowed down.
The BMC has also issued a ward-wise breakdown of positive cases as of August 26, as well as a ward-wise growth rate of new cases.