New Delhi: Maharashtra recorded 27 new cases of the Delta variant cases on Monday, taking the total number to 103 the state health department said. The state is conducting genome sequencing tests of COVID-19 positive patients’ samples on a regular basis to ascertain the extent of the spread of mutants of the virus.ALSO READ: In A First, FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Found 91% Effective Against Virus | DetailsAccording to a PTI report, out of the 188 samples of the first batch sent to Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital for genome sequencing of COVID-19 positive patients in the capital, 128 have been identified with the Delta variant i.e. 68 percent of the samples. Two samples, or 1.06 percent of samples, were detected with the Alpha variant while 24 samples, or 12.76 percent, had traces of the Kappa variant.Maharashtra recorded a total of 3,643 new coronavirus positive cases on Monday, the lowest after February 15 this year, and 105 deaths while 6,795 patients recovered, a health department official said.The overall tally of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra rose to 64,28,294 and the death count to 1,36,067. The number of recoveries has risen to 62,38,794, the official said according to a PTI. Maharashtra’s case recovery rate now stands at 97.05 percent while the fatality rate is 2.11 percent. With 1,53,558 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra mounted to 5,24,45,689, the official said.
Among the eight regions of Maharashtra, Pune region reported the highest 1,628 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 757 cases from the Kolhapur region. Among the other regions, Nashik region reported 628 new cases while Mumbai reported 481.
A committee of experts constituted under the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) have cautioned against an imminent third wave that could peak around October and called for medical preparedness for children who might be prone to similar risk as elders.