The city also reported its lowest death toll in 11 days- two. On Tuesday, 11 Covid-19 deaths were reported. With the exception of nine deaths on Monday, the city had been seeing double-digit fatalities every day since last Friday, when 10 had died. The highest single-day toll in the city is 16.
Across the state, nine deaths were reported, half of Tuesday’s fatalities and the lowest in six days.
BMC deputy executive health officer Dr Daksha Shah said it would be too early to rejoice or say cases had started dipping. “It’s not a significant drop. Even for deaths, some of them could be in the process of being evaluated,” she said, adding that several deaths where patients had severe co-morbid conditions have been attributed to Covid-19. “But we have told doctors that only if the deaths are directly attributable to Covid-19 they should be written as such,” she said.
UntilWednesday, positive cases had been rising by 16%-18% in the city daily. For two days in a row, the state had added at least 350 new positive cases.
The total number of positive cases and deaths in the state stood at 2,916 and 187, respectively, on Wednesday. The case fatality rate was 6.4%.
The city had reported its highest single-day jump in cases on Monday at 242, which dipped to 216 on Tuesday.
The total number of positive cases and deaths in the city stood at 1,896 and 114, respectively, on Wednesday. The dip in cases came three days after the BMC changed its testing criteria and decided to stop checking asymptomatic patients, including high-risk contacts of positive patients.
Of the 1,896 cases in the city, 857 were detected from contact tracing, containment measures and fever clinics.
The case fatality rate for the city hovered around 6.37%. Both the latest deaths occurred at Kasturba Hospital on Tuesday.
While the BMC confirmed only two deaths, it was learnt that a 53-year-old foreman with the electricity supply division of BEST had also died on Tuesday night at a Tilak Nagar hospital.
Eighteen flats were sealed in the Byculla police quarters after a constable was found Covid-19 positive.
A day after an NCP politician in Thane was detected positive, his wife was also found infected.
Positive cases in Palghar district crossed 50. The district has reported five deaths.
One person from Navi Mumbai tested positive, taking the total to 52.
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