Almost mirroring the state’s growth, Mumbai added 3,779 cases, just over 200 short of 4,000 and second in five days when the count was over 3,000. Worryingly, the state’s Covid-19 daily mortality climbed to 99,the highest in 106 days.
The state has added over 3.24 lakh cases this month, compared to 1.3 lakh and 92,177 cases in February and January. Mumbai has added 36,758 cases in March, double of 18,362 recorded in February and a 125% jump from January (16,310).
Civic chief IS Chahal told TOI they were gearing up for 6,000 cases per day in the coming weeks. Civic chief IS Chahal told TOI: “The rise in cases is on expected lines and shouldn’t create any panic,” he said. “Testing has been going up. We are pushing it to 50,000 from the current daily average of 24,500 tests. The best way to control the spread is doubling testing and isolating positives.”
Chahal said death rates were an equally important marker of the progression of the pandemic. “Today, (on Sunday) the death rate is 0.25%,” he said, adding that since 85% of the positive patients were asymptomatic, there was no shortage of public beds.
On Sunday, ten deaths were recorded in the city after seven on Saturday. The city’s overall Covid-19 toll has reached 11,586, while the state’s cumulative fatalities have touched 53,399. Mumbai currently accounts for merely 12% of the cases being reported from Maharashtra. The state has been contributing over 62% of the country’s daily detections.
The city’s overall caseload is now 3,62,675. With the surge, the city’s active cases crossed 22,000, while Maharashtra’s reached 210,120. The state last had over 2 lakh active cases in October.
Of the total cases on Sunday, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region reported the highest, 6,970. The Pune circle, which reported the second highest cases, saw the highest deaths (27). Whereas MMR saw 16 deaths, lower than Nagpur and Nashik that reported 21 and 17 fatalities, respectively. Out of the 99 deaths, 44 occurred in the last two days while the remaining were in the last few weeks.
Within MMR, Kalyan- Dombivli on Sunday reported its second-highest jump of 651 coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours. Last year on July 12, the twin city had reported the highest, 661 Covid-19 cases. The death rate though has remained below 2%. On Sunday, only one death of a 90-year old patient from Dombivli was reported. A maximum 224 patients were reported from Kalyan.
Expressing concern over the surge, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who on Friday had a meeting with Nashik’s district administration at Ozar airport, conceded that compared to the first wave, the second surge has become a more challenging task.
The only relief was that 11,314 persons were discharged from various hospitals after recovery across the state, including 1,647 in Mumbai, taking the total to 22.14 lakh. Public health minister Rajesh Tope said the recovery rate was 89.32%. It had reached 95% in January.
(With inputs from Pradeep Gupta)