New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ninety days after the first coronavirus positive patient was found in Mumbai, the number of cases in the country's financial and entertainment capital crossed 51,000 on Tuesday while the death toll topped the 1,700-mark. 

With 51,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Mumbai now has around 700 more cases than Wuhan, where coronavirus first surfaced in December last year and later turned into the epicentre of the pandemic. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wuhan is 50,333, including 3,869 fatalities.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in Maharashtra crossed 90,000-mark on Tuesday night, way ahead of China's overall tally of over 84,000 cases. According to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tally, China has so far recorded over 84,100 cases and over 4,600 fatalities.  

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release on Tuesday that it has carried out
2,33,570 coronavirus tests in Mumbai so far.

The growth rate of COVID-19 cases in the city between June 1-8 was 3 per cent, but in three civic wards in Western suburbs (P-north, R-north and R-south) the growth rate was over 5 per cent, the BMC said.

Four civic wards (K-East, L, S and P-North) have reported over 1,500 COVID-19 cases each while wards A, B, C and R-north have reported less than 500 COVID-19 cases.

At present, 4,071 buildings have been sealed. There are 775 containment zones in slums and chawls.

In wake of the unabated rise in cases and deaths in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is yet to take a call on opening of shopping malls, restaurant and religious places, which have already reopened in several other parts of the country from June 8. 

However, government offices in the state have been allowed to work with 15 per cent strength while private offices have been allowed with 10 per cent work force. 

India has so far recorded over 2.6 lakh coronavirus cases and nearly 7,500 deaths to become the fifth country worst hit from the novel coronavirus. As the country is undergoing the three-phased exit from lockdown, it has been recording over 9,000 cases per day for the seven consecutive days now.  

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta