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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 8,085 new cases, 231 deaths; positivity rate at 14.62%

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The single-day rise in fresh cases was recorded below 40,000 after 102 days, bringing the COVID-19 infection tally to 3,03,16,897, while the daily fatalities remained below 1,000 for the second consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. India saw 37,566 new cases being reported in a day, while the COVID-19 death toll rose to 3,97,637 with 907 daily fatalities, the lowest in 77 days. A net decline of 20,335 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 47th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,93,66,601, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.31 percent, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 8,085 new cases, 231 deaths; positivity rate at 14.62%
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  • Maharashtra reports 8,085 new COVID-19 cases, 231 deaths

    Maharashtra reported 8,085 new COVID-19 cases and 231 fatalities on Tuesday, taking its caseload to 60,51,633 and death toll to 1,21,804, the health department said in a release. As many as 8,623 patients were discharged from hospitals in the 24 hours since Monday evening, pushing the number of recovered patients to 58,09,548. Maharashtra's recovery rate of COVID-19 cases is 96 per cent, while the fatality rate stood at 2.01 per cent. The positivity rate in the state is 14.62 per cent. Currently 6,21,377 people are in home quarantine and 3,584 in institutional quarantine. There are 1,17,098 active COVID-19 patients in the state. State capital Mumbai recorded 556 new COVID-19 cases, taking the city's tally to 7,21,516, while its death toll increased to 15,426 with 12 new fatalities.

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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 8,085 new cases, 231 deaths; positivity rate at 14.62%
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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 8,085 new cases, 231 deaths; positivity rate at 14.62%
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The single-day rise in fresh cases was recorded below 40,000 after 102 days, bringing the COVID-19 infection tally to 3,03,16,897, while the daily fatalities remained below 1,000 for the second consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. India saw 37,566 new cases being reported in a day, while the COVID-19 death toll rose to 3,97,637 with 907 daily fatalities, the lowest in 77 days. A net decline of 20,335 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 47th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,93,66,601, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.31 percent, the data stated.