On the bright side, Ulhasnagar, one of Mumbai’s satellite townships, made it to the top of the national charts with a recovery rate of 93.5 %, trouncing Delhi, which has 90%-plus recovery rate.
Experts say when the first Covid case was reported in the state in March, the focus was on Mumbai. Other regions in MMR, despite the poor healthcare facilities there, were ignored till May. Doctors said the entire MMR should have been seen as one unit while tackling Covid. While Covid and quarantine centres were set up across Mumbai, other civic bodies in MMR were struggling. Mira-Bhayander showed the way by setting up a dedicated 100-bed Covid hospital in March end. “A dedicated hospital helped up identity patients and begin treatment,” said a doctor at the hospital. Mira-Bhayander was the last civic body to cross 10,000 cases, on August 12.
In Kalyan-Dombivli, there were only 1,034 cases till May end. In less than three months, it has touched 25,000-plus. Health experts said till the end of May, the civic body was struggling for beds and care centres. KDMC health officer Dr Pratibha Panpatil said testing capacity has now been upped by 1,400 daily. She added June and July saw a spike in cases, though August has witnessed a decline.
Thane took a month to move from 10,000 cases in July to 20,000 in August. In August, Thane witnessed a drastic slowdown in cases which health officers attribute to testing at initial stages. Navi Mumbai too added 10,000 more cases in a month between July and August.