MMR added 3,235 cases on Monday, of which a majority (2,200) were from areas outside Mumbai. The region has seen an increase in cases in the last few weeks, where on most days the addition has been higher than that of Mumbai. The total cases in MMR, excluding Mumbai, has reached 1,00,847, while Mumbai’s tally touched 1,02,423.
The accelerating rate at which infections are spreading in the MMR bodes ill for the region and contiguous areas, which include Mumbai and Pune. This is the most developed economic corridor in the state and country. Unless the administration is vigilant about the stretch as a whole, and deploys more manpower and resources to take preventive measures and ensure reliable healthcare, the process of reviving commercial and industrial activity will suffer disruptions. The danger of Covid-19 derailing Maharashtra’s economy is real, unless pre-emptive action is taken.
The state, on Monday, reported 8,240 new cases and 176 deaths, taking the toll to 12,030. Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 41 deaths, the lowest since July 11, when the city had reported 39 deaths.
The total Covid-19 toll in the city stands at 5,755. The case fatality rate of Mumbai was 5.61% and there were a total of 23,728 active cases in the city. The state now has 1,31,334 active cases and over 1.75 lakh patients have been treated and sent home.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray took a review meeting on Covid-19 cases and monsoon-related ailments in Mumbai. Thackeray said that the WHO and other international organisations have appreciated the work done by the BMC in Mumbai, and he advised the officials not let their guard down as it was seen that whenever the public and government agencies became relaxed, a second wave was visible. “We are slowly and steadily opening Mumbai, and while we do that we shouldn’t be under pressure from anyone and take into account the health of the public,” Thackeray said. There has been a tussle between the ruling allies Shiv Sena and NCP over unlocking of the cities. The NCP has been vocal about giving more freedom.
In the meeting, municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that of the 831 containment zones in the city, the BMC has managed to “de-contain” 153. He said that preventive steps to control monsoon-related ailments too are being taken. Dharavi on Monday reported 12 new patients, taking the total number of positive patients from the locality to 2,492.
Meanwhile, in Thane, where the volume of cases rose by 255 on Monday, taking the tally to 16,028, the civic corporation has decided to use services of private medical practitioners for Covid mitigation in the city in a bid to tide over the manpower crisis. With four deaths, Thane’s toll has reached 555. An elderly physician who owns a hospital in the city become the sixth doctor to die of Covid-19 from the lake city on Monday. Over 65 doctors have been detected positive there so far.
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation reported 286 fresh cases. The NMMC’s total number now stands at 11,712, of which 7, 417 patients have recovered so far. The NMMC area also reported two deaths, taking its total toll to 345. The PCMC area too reported 112 cases, taking the total number to 4,990, while four deaths pushed its total death toll to 118; 3,409 people have recovered.
The Pune Metropolitan Region on Monday added a record 2,601 cases, pushing its caseload to 54,013. The total fatalities reached 1,387 with 44 deaths reported on Monday. The PMC on Monday discharged 830 patients. The active caseload in PMC limits is now 14,757.