Maharashtra: Thane logs 276 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

AgenciesUpdated: Thursday, August 05, 2021, 10:13 AM IST
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Thane has added 276 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,45,825, an official said on Thursday.

These new cases were reported on Wednesday, he said.

Ten more people also succumbed to the viral infection, which pushed the death toll in the district to 11,066, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.02 per cent.

In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,33,518, while the death toll has reached 3,207, another official said.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday said efforts are being taken to expedite vaccination in four districts, including Pune, where the COVID-19 positivity rate was high.

He said necessary directives in this regard have been issued to the administration of these four districts - Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Pune.

The spike in COVID-19 cases in these districts was higher than the rest of the state, the minister said.

"The health department is focusing on tracking, testing and treatment of patients. Nodal officers have been asked to expedite COVID-19 vaccination," he said.

"We are pushing for uninterrupted vaccine supply from the central government," Tope said.

Positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus out of those who have been tested.

The minister said strict implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols was necessary to prevent a possible third wave of the pandemic.

Data shows that countries which have vaccinated maximum percentage of their adult population have been able to contain the third wave of the pandemic, Tope said.

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