Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)

6,741 fresh cases up state tally to 267,665

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MUMBAI: Maharashtr­a’s Covid-19 case count on Tuesday reached 267,665 after 6,741 new infections were recorded on Tuesday —a slight increase after two days of fewer new cases. The state has 107,665 active cases, according to the state health department. The death toll of the state touched 10,695 after 213 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, health officials said.

Health experts said that fluctuatio­n in daily new cases is normal unless the drop stays for over 10 days. “In a pandemic, fluctuatio­n in number of cases keeps happening. It is significan­t only if cases continue to drop for over 10 days. In that scenario, the change can be interprete­d,” said Dr Subhash Salunkhe, public health expert, who is also heading the communicab­le diseases prevention control and technical committee of the state.

The number of fresh cases in Mumbai dropped below the 1,000 mark on Tuesday — second-lowest in 63 days — at 954. The city’s count now stands at 95,100. Of them, active cases are 22,773. Mumbai’s toll stands at 5,405 after 70 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, state health minister Rajesh Tope said they are expecting a flattening of the curve soon. “We are working in mission mode to control the pandemic. Many cities have again imposed lockdown. Going by the pattern in New York and European countries, flattening of the curve in the state should start soon. However, no one can say by when cases will start declining,” Tope said.

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