India, Sept. 9 -- Maharashtra, which is reporting a spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases over the past week, has added 151,321 new cases to its tally in the first eight days of September.

The state's active viral case load has increased by nearly 50,000 during this period.

State government officials said more Covid-19 cases are being reported in Tier-II cities and in rural areas in Maharashtra while Mumbai and other urban areas are also continuing to report a significant number of Covid-19 cases.

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State health department officials attributed the spike in Covid-19 cases to the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions that were enforced since March-end to contain the sp...