COVID: 15 Out of 26 BA.5 Variant Cases Reported In Pune, CM Thackeray Appeals People To Wear Mask

Covid 19 Update
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Sumit Singh

Pune, 24th June 2022: A total of 4205 new Coronavirus disease (COVID19) cases have been reported today in Maharashtra state besides three COVID-19 related deaths. On the other hand, 3752 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery.

Today, 291 new patients were reported under Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), 121 under Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and 84 in Pune rural areas.

Another patient of BA.5 variant in Maharashtra state

According to the latest report of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, one patient of BA.5 variant has been reported from Nagpur. She is a 27 year old fully vaccinated female found covid positive on 19th June 22. Initially she was mild symptomatic but at present asymptomatic, stable and in home isolation.

With this the total tally of BA.4 & BA.5 variant cases found in state goes to 26. Pune has reported 15 cases so far followed by Mumbai 5, Nagpur 4 and Thane 2.

Chief Minister reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Maharashta with the backdrop of Ashadhi Wari

In the last few weeks, daily COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in the state. The daily case figures crossed 5,000 yesterday. On this background, lakhs of devotees are walking towards Pandharpur in this year’s Ashadhi Wari. Amidst this, however, active cases in the state have reached 25,000 compared to 626 active cases a couple of months back.

On this backdrop, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackerey held a meeting with all District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners and District Police Superintendents through a video conference. Although the case rise is currently being seen mainly in five districts – Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Palghar and Raigad, given the movement of people during the Ashadhi Wari, the

possibility of increased transmission of COVID-19 cannot be denied. Therefore, the Chief Minister instructed all key officials to take necessary steps to avoid any such situation.

The Chief Minister also appealed that even though mask use is not mandatory in the state, those participating in the Ashadhi Wari and even others should wear masks regularly.