In just two days, the state reported over 1,000 deaths, taking the month’s total to 6,983 and its death rate to 0.5%.
The Covid-19 death toll in the city rose by 62 on Wednesday. The city added 7,654 cases, which was lower than 8,000 for the third day in a row.
The state added 67,468 cases, the second-highest number so far, taking the total cases to 40.2 lakh.
A state government official said that of the 568 deaths reported on Wednesday, 303 occurred in 48 hours and 160 were from last week. The remaining 105 occurred more than a week ago.
BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare said cases in Mumbai had shown signs of plateauing.
“Even though deaths are higher in April, the case fatality rate for Mumbai hasn’t increased beyond 0.5%-0.6%,” she said.
Covid deaths usually peak a fortnight after a peak in daily cases, which in Mumbai’s case was on April 4 (11,206).
Around 50,000 tests are conducted in Mumbai every day. The deaths in the Mumbai administrative circle, which includes nine municipal corporation areas, increased to 150 from 115 a day before. The daily caseload here was 16,491.
As per the state government’s Covid update, 40 people died in Mumbai’s neighbouring Raigad. TOI has learnt that all the deaths did not occur in one day. Raigad collector Nidhi Chaudhari said: “There has been a marginal rise in daily deaths. It was 13 deaths on Sunday and 20 deaths on Wednesday. There is a rise in mortality and also the number of Covid patients because there has been increase in testing, when even co-morbid persons are detected by contact tracing.”
The BMC on Wednesday rushed oxygen supply to Hindu Mahasabha Hospital, Ghatkopar, after the management stated that it had stocks only for one and half hours for 60 patients who needed it. In Palghar, where over 20,000 patients have been added to the overall caseload in 20 days, the administration has taken the decision to not allow home quarantine for those above 45 years of age.
Thane city recorded 1,266 cases and 10 deaths on Wednesday.
(With inputs from George Mendonca)