COVID-19 cases rise in rural areas of Thane
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Earlier, the rural parts of the district would record only one or two cases a day, but 16 persons tested positive for the infection in the last two days, taking the tally to 47 in the region, district health officer Dr Manish Renge said.

The rise can be attributed to policemen and civic officials who work in Mumbai and return to their villages over the weekend, he said.

At least eight policemen had tested positive in Badlapur alone, he said, adding that high-risk contacts of such patients were under surveillance.

Meanwhile, 18 persons, including three policemen, tested positive for COVID-19 in Kalyan Dombivli municipal limits on Monday, KDMC's public relations officer Madhuri Phopale said.

At least three patients, including an 18-month-old baby girl, were discharged following recovery, she added.

According to reports, Thane district, comprising Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Thane rural and city, has 1,278 coronavirus cases, of which 33 patients have died.

While the count of coronavirus cases in Palghar district has reached 179 and the toll stands at 10.

As per data, Thane city has recorded 412 cases, followed by Navi Mumbai with 348, Kalyan with 213, Mira Bhayander at 181 and Thane Rural at 47.

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