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Covid cases reached 52 lakh , Maharashtra on top

India’s coronavirus count crossed 52 lakh-mark on Friday with more than 96,000 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. The total death toll stood at 84,372. The health ministry has said that 60% of India’s case active coronavirus cases are concentrated across five worst-hit states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh — while 13 states and Union Territories have less than 5,000 active cases.

Coronavirus infections topped 30 million around the globe on Thursday as the World Health Organization warned of “alarming rates of transmission” across Europe and cautioned against shortening quarantine periods.

With Maharashtra reporting 24,619 coronavirus cases the total number of infections in the state rose to while the death toll soared to 31,351 with an addition of 398 deaths during the day. the state now has 3,01,752 active cases.

Mumbai reported 2,389 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count so far, taking the tally to 1,78,275 on Thursday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Also, 43 more patients succumbed to the infection, pushing up the toll to 8,320, it said. The previous highest single-day case count was 2,371, reported on September 10. According to the civic body’s update, the city’s active COVID-19 cases rose to 32,849, the highest in the past couple of months.

With 16 people working at Mantralaya, the state secretariat building, succumbing to Covid-19 so far, government officials have threatened to stop work if the condition of 100 per cent attendance is not withdrawn. In a representation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Federation (MSGOF) and the Maharashtra Mantralaya Officers Association (MMOA) has blamed the lack of precautionary measures and the violation of social distancing norms for the surge in the number of cases, while arguing that the decision mandating 100 per cent attendance of class A and class B officials was ill-conceived.

Prohibitory orders restricting the movement of people have been extended in Mumbai till September 30 in view of rising coronavirus cases, an official said on Thursday. The restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure are in place since lockdown began.

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