As many as 46,406 more people tested positive for Covid-19 across Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, slightly lower than yesterday, said the state health department on Thursday.
In addition to this, 36 more people lost their lives to the disease.
With the fresh additions, the state’s overall tally of those infected with coronavirus rose to 70,81,067, while the death toll mounted to 1,41,737.
Further, 34,658 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the count of recovered cases to 66,83,769.
The Covid-19 recovery rate in Maharashtra stands at 94.39%. Currently, 17,95,631 people are in home quarantine and another 9,124 in institutional quarantine.
Meanwhile, the state health department during the day wrote to the district and civic officials expressing concern over the non-reporting of the coronavirus infections diagnosed using self-testing kits by people.
The department also asked officials to monitor the sale of such kits and ensure that patients report to the authorities in case of infection.
It also asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sensitise chemists and pharmacists so that they can educate customers buying these Covid-19 self-testing kits to report about their infection to the authorities.
The department has also said that Maharashtra is expected to see a spike in the hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients this month-end or in the first week of February.
The state cabinet expressed concern after the health department made this projection during a presentation before it on Wednesday, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
The daily requirement of medical oxygen in the state has witnessed a rise, it said, adding that the present demand is 400 metric tonnes.
If the oxygen demand rises to 700 metric tonnes, then stricter curbs will be required. Considering this fact, the district administrations should expedite vaccination and take necessary steps,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said during the meeting.
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