Covid-19 update: Maharashtra adds 47 new cases, tally jumps to 537

MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Saturday reported 47 new covid-19 cases, taking the state total to 537.

Mumbai has reported 28 new cases since Friday, with the tally now at 306. Thane and Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) reported 15 new cases, while Pune reported three new cases, taking the tally to 73 in the city as of 12 pm on Saturday.

Sangli, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Buldana, Yavatmal, Satara, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Gondia, Nasik, Osmanabad, Washim, Jalgaon and Amravati have all reported cases, according to the public health department of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in the country. The state reported 490 infections and 26 deaths on Friday.

The Maharashtra has announced the Centre’s “Cluster Containment Action Plan” to target hotspots where a large number of patients have tested positive for covid-19.

A total of 292 teams are working in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation area, 437 teams in Pune Municipal Corporation area and 210 teams are doing house-to-house surveillance in the Nagpur Corporation area. There are 2,332 teams working across 18 districts in the state.

As of Thursday, the state had investigated 8.12 lakh people, said state health minister Rajesh Tope.

Any locality with more than two positive cases has a dedicated cluster containment action plan in place, with the size of the team dependent on the population density and size of clusters. The teams conduct door-to-door check for symptoms in the clusters during 8am to 4pm. The teams comprise health workers, Asha and Anganwadi workers, among others. If required, students from nursing schools will also be roped in, the government has said.

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