India's COVID-19 epicentre: Three lockdowns later, Maharashtra accounts for 34.5% of nation's confirmed cases, its worst recovery rate
As it stands, 34.5 percent of India's COVID-19 positive cases and almost 40 percent of India's coronavirus-related deaths are from Maharashtra
When India announced the first lockdown on 25 March, the nation had seen a total of under 700 cases, of which Maharashtra accounted for a little over 100. At the same time, India reported 11 deaths, of which two were from Maharashtra.
Flash-forward seven weeks and the Uddhav Thackeray-ruled state's figures make for dismal reading. The chief minister was among those to request Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a lockdown extension (the fourth edition got underway today) and will be hoping things begin to look better at the end of it.
As it stands, 34.5 percent of India's COVID-19 positive cases and almost 40 percent of India's coronavirus-related deaths are from Maharashtra. The state also has the country's lowest (in terms of states that have recorded over 100 positive cases) recovery rate at 23.3 percent.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 5,218 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. It is among ten other states which have been recording over 1,000 active cases
A floor test ordered by Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is scheduled for Thursday
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