Maharashtra on Friday recorded 8,753 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the number of active cases to 1,16,867. Besides, 156 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the day, taking the number of total fatalities to 1,22,353.
8,385 patients were discharged in the day, taking the tally to 58,36,920. The recovery rate in the state rose to 96.01%. The case fatality rate in the state is 2.01%.
Currently, 6,24,745 people are in home quarantine and 4,472 people are in institutional quarantine.
The Mumbai circle--which consists of MCGM, Thane, TMC, Navi Mumbai, KDMC, Ulhasnagar MC, Bhivandi Nijampur MC, Mira Bhayandar MC, Palghar, Vasai Virar MC, Raigad, Panvel MC--recorded 1951 new cases.
The Nashik circle--which consists of Nashik, Nashik MC, Malegaon MC, Ahmednagar, Ahmednagar MC, Dhule, Dhule MC, Jalgaon, Jalgaon MC, Nandurbar--reported 637 fresh COVID-19 cases.
The Pune circle--which includes Pune, PMC, PCMC, Solapur, Solapur MC, Satara--recorded 2356 new cases.
The Kolhapur circle reported 3306 new cases, Aurangabad circle 146, Latur circle 164, Akola circle 88, and Nagpur circle recorded 105 new COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry in a press conference on Friday said the Centre has requested the States to identify districts where the weekly positivity rate is above 10% or bed occupancy is over 60% and impose the highest level of restrictions for at least 14 days to break the chain of transmission of the COVID-19 infection. There are 71 districts with a positivity rate of over 10%, the Health Ministry noted.
Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said the country has witnessed a decline of 13% in COVID-19 cases as compared to last week. On average, we are reporting 46,000 cases (daily) in the country, he added.
"There has been a decline of 86% in active cases since the peak. Under the continued focus of clinical management, the recovery rate, which was at 81.1% on May 3rd, is now at around 97%," Aggarwal said.