India, March 2 -- Many Maharashtra government officials have tested positive when they were screened on Monday before the budget session of the state legislature, Vidhan Bhavan said. At least 26 people tested positive, which included government staff, police personnel, other office-bearers of political parties, REPLACED said.

According to officials of Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai, these 26 people had earlier applied for passes to attend the session on behalf of their respective offices.

The state is witnessing a sudden spike in daily infections as the number of daily infections rose from 4,000 something to 8,000 in February. On March 1, the state reported 6,397 fresh cases, lower than the daily count of the last five days. The cumulative cas...