Maharashtra witnessed nearly 60,000 corona cases on Wednesday, with 58,952 new infections and 278 covid deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing its total to 35,78,160 with 58,804 deaths so far. Meanwhile, active cases in the state crossed the 6 lakh mark for the first time since the pandemic.

“Of the 278 deaths reported today, 170 occurred in the past 48 hours and 73 in the past week. Remaining 35 deaths are from the period before last week. Of these 35 deaths, 15 occurred in Nagpur, 7 in Thane, 4 in Nanded, 3 in Jalgaon, 2 in Nashik, 1 in Ahmednagar, 1 in Osmanabad, 1 in Solapur and 1 in Yavatmal ”, declared a senior official of health.

Two days after the city reported nearly 10,000 cases on Wednesday, 9,925 new infections and 54 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,44942, with 12,140 deaths to date. However, the recovery rate in Maharashtra and Mumbai reached 81% respectively.

However, the BMC estimated that the number of cases in the city will stabilize by April 20 and that the drop in cases in the city will start to decline from April 30.

A doctor at a BMC hospital said deaths could increase in the coming week due to the high number of hospitalizations in the past 10 to 15 days. “Usually the number of Covid deaths increases within a fortnight after an increase in cases,” the doctor said.

Dr Avinash Supe, head of the state-appointed death audit committee, said they expected a spike by the end of the month. “We expected the summit on April 15, but it will probably take a few more weeks. After a plateau for 10 days, we can expect a downtrend after that, ”he said. Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, former national president of the Indian Medical Association, said rapid vaccination could help the state reduce the spread.