Maharashtra as well as Mumbai recorded a dip in Covid fatalities too. The state added 344 deaths on Monday, taking total deaths to 33,015, while Mumbai added 36 deaths, taking its total fatalities to 8,505. Officials said that since the number of tests conducted on a Sunday are generally fewer, the detections too see a drop.
A day after the health department asked districts to ensure their discharge numbers are updated as non-updation was pulling the state’s rate of recovery down, Maharashtra reportedly saw 32,007 recoveries in a single day, taking the total recoveries to 9.1 lakh. With this, the state’s rate of recovery stands at 74.8%, the highest so far. In the last four days, daily case additions have been outnumbered by the daily recoveries: over 1 lakh people have recovered while 80,000 new cases have been added. “There are a few districts that did not update the discharge numbers on the website. After getting a reminder, they are now updating their numbers,” an official said.
Civic officials said the number of daily recoveries continues to be consistently higher than new detections in the city. BMC chief IS Chahal said the average new cases have increased to 2,000 daily due to increased testing. “But the fatality rate has dropped to 2.2% for the city in the last one month.” Intensivist Dr Rahul Pandit, a member of the state task force, concurred that early detection is a good sign as that would mean early initiation of treatment. “That way we can bring down the number of patients becoming critical.” Mumbai on Sunday completed carrying out a million tests.
At the state level, MMR added the highest number of cases, while Pune region added the most deaths. MMR reported 3,979 cases and 56 deaths, taking its cases to 4.3 lakh, with 14,836 deaths. Pune region added 3,520 cases and 65 deaths, taking its cases to 3.2 lakh, with 7,110 deaths. In Thane, 340 new cases were added, taking the tally of infected patients to 33,203 while the number of fatalities rose by eight, taking the toll to 938. Thane’s recovery rate is 85% with 28,520 patients having recovered and only 3,745 active cases. There were 345 cases from within NMMC and 5 deaths. PCMC areas reported 229 cases and one death.