Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 9,361 fresh cases, taking the number of active cases to 1,32,241. Besides, 190 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the day, taking the number of total fatalities to 1,17,961.
9,101 patients were discharged in the day, taking the tally to 57,19,457. The recovery rate in the state rose to 95.76%. The case fatality rate in the state is 1.97%.
Currently, 7,96,297 people are in home quarantine and 4,683 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 2643 new cases.
The Nashik circle--which consists of Nashik, Nashik MC, Malegaon MC, Ahmednagar, Ahmednagar MC, Dhule, Dhule MC, Jalgaon, Jalgaon MC, Nandurbar--reported 828 fresh COVID-19 cases.
The Pune circle--which includes Pune, PMC, PCMC, Solapur, Solapur MC, Satara--recorded 2180 new cases.
The Kolhapur circle reported 2823 new cases, Aurangabad circle 204, Latur circle 317, Akola circle 233, and Nagpur circle recorded 133 new COVID-19 cases.
COVID wave depends on two factors-- virus mutation, human error: AIIMS Doctor
With overall COVID-19 cases in India declining consistently over the past few weeks, several states have started easing COVID restrictions, and crowds have started swelling in the markets, where people could be seen not wearing masks and flouting COVID appropriate behaviour that could lead to an increase in cases again.
"In any pandemic, the wave depends on two important factors: One is virus related and second is human-related factors," said Dr Neeraj Nischal, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine AIIMS, New Delhi According to Dr Nischal, virus mutation is not in someone's hand but appropriate behaviour can avoid a surge in COVID cases.
"Now virus mutates and becomes more infectious. It is something which is beyond our control. But of course, if we do not allow this virus to replicate in our body then maybe this type of mutations can be avoided. What we can do to control is our behaviour. We have been talking about COVID appropriate behaviour for 15-16 months and we know that by COVID appropriate behaviour, one can stop these waves altogether. That had happened in the second wave also," he said.
(With ANI inputs)