With 1,764 new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday, the COVID-19 tally in Pune city crossed the 1 lakh mark.
As per the update by Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, the total COVID-19 cases in the city are 1,00,459. However, active cases are 15,973.
The death toll rose to 2,401 with 26 more patients succumbing to the infection on Thursday.
Also, 1,188 patients were discharged from hospitals in the city.
Speaking to ANI, Mohol on Thursday said that administration is focusing on increasing oxygen beds and ventilators.
"Our focus is to increase oxygen beds and ventilators. We also have a shortage of specialised staff, and need to recruit staff members to operate such equipment," he said.
He further informed that Pune does not have a shortage of funds and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has already used Rs 300 crores towards COVID-19 infrastructure in the city.
"It is true that Pune's COVID-19 mortality rate is comparatively higher than the national average, but it is comparatively lower in the state. We are working on reducing the mortality rate," he added.
Mohol's remarks came in the light of the death of journalist Pandurang Raykar allegedly due to lack of facilities and treatment at the newly inaugurated Jumbo COVID Centre in the city.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 18,105 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day count so far, taking its tally to 8,43,844 on Thursday, while 391 more patients succumbed to the infection, a health department official said.
Maharashtra's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,43,844, new cases 18,105, deaths 25,586, recoveries 6,12,484, active cases 2,05,428, people tested so far 43,72,697.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)