The state reported a daily toll of 364 deaths and 12,608 cases, its third-highest spike in cases and deaths for a day, taking the total cases to 5,72,734 and fatalities to 19,427.
Compared to the state’s addition, however, Mumbai’s numbers seemed stable. The BMC’s daily update said 47 people died and 979 new cases were reported in Mumbai, about 8% of the total cases added in the state. The Mumbai tally stands at 1.28 lakh cases. The latest 1,000 deaths were added 20 days after the city reached 6,036 deaths on July 25. The case fatality rate of the city was 5.5% on Friday, much higher than the state’s average of 3.4%.
AMC Suresh Kakani said BMC has started interventions to bring down death rate. For the first time in several weeks, the city’s doubling rate dipped from 86 on August 12 to 84 on Friday. Come Monday, a review meeting will be held to discuss deaths in private sector hospitals and nursing homes. “Public hospitals have the right protocols, medicines and care, so we have decided to focus on the private sector where deaths are rising,” Kakani said.
The reviews will be a held every week. The first will look at 10 private hospitals which have recorded the maximum deaths between August 1 and 15. “We will help the hospitals or state task force members will guide them,” Kakani added.
Of 364 deaths reported on Friday, 277 were from the last 48 hours, 46 are from last week and 41 from before that, officials said. Meanwhile, after a dip in active cases, the total active cases in the state were above the 1.5 lakh mark (1,51,555).
The state is also consistently discharging more people. With 10,484 people discharged on Friday, total discharges in the state were over 4 lakh. The latest 1 lakh discharges came in 9 days. The rate of recovery of the state stood at 70% on Friday, inching close to the national average of 71%. Maharashtra also completed over 30 lakh Covid-19 tests. With 30.45 lakh tests conducted of which 5.72 lakh tested positive, the positivity rate was 18.8% on Friday.
Pune region added 3,321 cases and 112 deaths, while MMR added 2,046 and 71 deaths, taking total cases to 1,53,459 and deaths to 4,281. In Thane city, 211 fresh cases were reported, taking the tally to 22,934 while 8 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 729. Thane has 1,906 active cases. Kalyan-Dombivli, the second worst-hit area in MMR after Mumbai, reported 265 patients and 7 deaths, taking its caseload to 23,812 and deaths to 482. On Friday, 481 patients also got discharged there; KDMC now has 3,979 active cases. In Navi Mumbai, 373 cases and 6 deaths were reported.