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    Mumbai on Friday reported 3,062 new COVID-19 cases, the highest one-day spike since the pandemic began last year, raising concerns over the second wave of infections. The city also reported 10 new deaths taking the toll to 11,565.

    According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the total number of active cases in Mumbai is 20,140. On Thursday, the city had recorded 2,877 cases, but this is the first time the new cases have crossed the 3,000 mark.

    Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 25,681 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the second highest one-day rise, prompting Health Minister Rajesh Tope to ask people to get vaccinated against the virus as early as possible. While the caseload rose to 24,22,021 the death toll reached 53,208.

    Pune and Nagpur reported 2,872 and 2,617 cases, respectively.

    According to health officials, a total of 14,400 patients were discharged from hospitals on Friday, taking the total recoveries to 21,89,965. There are 8,67,333 people in home quarantine while 7,848 are in institutional quarantine.

    Tope appealed to people to not believe in rumours floating about the side-effects of the vaccine. The vaccine is safe and getting inoculated is essential, he said.

    As per data released on Thursday, 36,39,989 people have been vaccinated in Maharashtra since the drive commenced on January 16.

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