The daily tally of cases in both Mumbai and Maharashtra hit a surprising 50% drop on Friday—a day after registering the highest single-day tally. The state recorded 394 cases, against 778 on Thursday. Mumbai reported 242 cases on Friday, 53% fewer than 522 on Thursday.
Maharashtra on Friday got approval from the Centre for pool testing that would increase the number of tests by 5 to 10 times and also to conduct plasma convalescent therapy for seriously ill Covid-19 patients. A senior official said the state would conduct pool testing in various cities, primarily Mumbai and Pune, which are among the worst-hit in the country. Pool testing is a method of testing batches of samples instead of just one. The state has so far carried out one lakh Covid-19 tests since January.
The total number cases in Maharashtra now stand at 6,817, while Mumbai has 4,447 cases.
A closer look at the toll data showed that it took the state a month from the detection of the first case on March 9 to register its first 100 deaths; on April 10, the death toll was 110. A week later, on April 17, the toll touched 201. The next 100 deaths were also recorded in seven days. The case fatality rate in the state on Friday was 4.4%.
Of the 18 deaths reported in the state on Friday, Mumbai registered 11, pushing the toll here to 178. Mumbai accounts for 60% of the total deaths in the state. The CFR of Mumbai was 4% on Friday.
Out of the 11 deaths reported in the city, seven were of people with co-morbidities. The BMC update said seven patients were men and four were women. One of the dead patients was over 80 years old, while another was just below 40 years of age; the remaining were in the 40-80 age-group.
Of the remaining deaths in the state on Friday, five were reported from Pune and two from Malegaon.
In Mumbai, the Dadar area reported one death —of a 73-year-old from Haji Ibrahim Patel building. The total cases in Dadar now are 29. Mahim, too, reported one new Covid-19 positive case on Friday, of an 86-year-old from Manmala Tank Road. The cases in Mahim now stand at 25.
Containment zones in Mumbai increased from 930 on Thursday to 993 on Friday.Meanwhile, an analysis done so far of 269 deaths in the state showed that the mortality rate among patients below 50 years of age is comparatively less. It is 0.64% in the age-group of 21-30 years, and it rises with increasing age beyond this age-group. It is highest (17.78%) in the 61-70 age-group.
Of the one lakh tests in Maharashtra, the results of 94,485 have turned up negative. There were 38 laboratories testing in the state as on Friday, with a total per day capacity of nearly 7,200 tests, officials said.
Three more BEST staffers tested positive on Friday, taking the number of positive patients in the undertaking to 7. In another incident, the mother of an ex-BEST employee died due to Covid-19. She resided at the BEST’s Parel staff quarters. One of the buildings in the staff colony has now been sealed and 59 family members, mostly those of drivers and conductors, have been put in home quarantine.
A 49-year-old general physician became the eight doctor from neighbouring Thane city to be test positive on Friday.
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