MUMBAI: Barely 24 hours after registering a huge dip in new Covid-19 cases, Mumbai upped its tally by almost 20% when BMC officials added 389 cases to the city’s 2,000-plus tally so far.
The state tally too went up by 328 cases — the third highest 24-hour increase — to reach 3,648 patients. The highest tally was 352 (which included 242 of Mumbai) on April 13, and the second highest was 350 (including 216 of Mumbai) on April 14.
A BMC official said the 389 cases — the highest increase in a 24-hour period for Mumbai — was due to the addition of 302 cases tested in two private laboratories between April 12 and 15. “The results of private laboratories are added periodically because we cross-check details,” said a senior BMC official. On Friday, the Mumbai tally rose by just 12 cases — an almost 93% drop over the previous day.
As BMC and state officials compute the daily rise at different times of the day, the state tally only showed a 183-case increase in Mumbai’s tally, taking it to 2,168 on Saturday.
The computation of Covid-19 numbers by both the civic body and state is rigid: while BMC revised its initial death toll on Saturday from five to four as a patient had tested negative, the state decided to go with the initial toll as “changes take some time to reflect.”
On Saturday, the number of deaths, in single digits for the past three days, climbed to 11 across the state, including four in Mumbai. The case fatality rate for the state fell from 6.05 on Friday to 5.78; the rate for Mumbai correspondingly dropped from 5.85 to 5.55.
In Mumbai, three women — with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma and in the 55-60 agegroup — were among the four dead. A 65-year-old male died within 24 hours of hospitalisation at Kasturba Hospital.
On Saturday, 34 patients were discharged, taking the number of recovered people to 365. Pune registered 78 cases and four deaths. One death each was reported from Thane and Aurangabad.
The state health officials said 82% of the total dead patients had comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart issues.
Health minister Rajesh Tope said till date, the state had carried out tests with 67,468 samples, of which 63,476 were negative. 82,299 people are home-quarantined while 6,999 are in an institutional quarantine. Tope said the state has strongly implemented the cluster containment procedure.
On April 13, the state had 2,334 cases, and after five days it crossed the 3,600 mark, an increase of almost 1,300 in just five days.
Meanwhile, a 52-year-old infected man died after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday morning, stated the authorities of Thane Municipal Corporation. The patient had no history of travel and was admitted to a private hospital after he suffered a stroke. This is the second death from TMC area. Two minor girls whose parents worked in a brick kiln are among the 13 cases recorded in the Vasai-Virar region on Saturday. The total in Vasai-Virar region has gone up to 80, including four deaths. The Thane district total, including five deaths, is 97. Coronavirus cases in Dombivli have risen to 50, including one death. A policeman was among the two new patients in Bhiwandi.
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