Maharashtra reported 11,921 new cases on Monday, lowest in the last 28 days (since August 31) and nearly 35% lower than Sunday’s addition. The state reported 180 deaths, lowest in 70 days (since July 21) and over 50% lower than the fatalities reported on Sunday. With this, total cases in the state stood at 13,51,153, and the total fatalities were 35,751.
However, the health department that compiles Covid data faces a manpower crunch on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in “anomalies” and “delays” in updating the figures, a state official said. The official said 90,000 tests were conducted on an average every day in Maharashtra for the last four weeks. “Till August end, we conducted only 60,000-odd tests,” he said.
Mumbai added 2,055 cases and 40 fatalities on Monday, taking its total cases to 2,00,901; the city’s toll stands at 8,834. It took the city 72 days to added the last 1 lakh cases. On July 18 it had 1,00,350 cases, a period when Mumbai witnessed a plateauing of cases; the city witnessed an average of 1,200 cases daily in the July-August period. The current average of 2,000-plus cases daily began after the Ganpati festival, when people started travelling in greater numbers.
In Mumbai, 9,208 tests were carried out on Sunday as against the average of 12,000. “However, we use targeted methods for tracing high-risk contacts and continued to have our 2,000-plus caseload on Sunday as well,” said additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani.
On Monday, yet again the number of discharges was higher than daily additions. A total of 19,932 patients recovered on Monday, taking the total recoveries to 10.4 lakh and the rate of recovery to 77.7%.
MMR added the highest cases (4,098) and deaths (67) in the state. Pune region added 2,583 cases and 35 fatalities, a significant drop in additions since the last few days.
The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation is witnessing a decline in cases. On Monday, it registered 307 cases. The doubling rate in KDMC is 80 days. KDMC health officer Dr Pratibha Panpatil said, “Covid spread has been checked due to our crackdown on those not wearing masks and because we have stopped shops from remaining open beyond 7 pm.”
In Navi Mumbai, 382 tested positive and 4 deaths were reported. The PCMC areas reported 188 cases and 5 deaths. In Thane, 330 fresh cases were reported and 6 fatalities. (Inputs by Pradeep Gupta, Vijay Singh & Umesh K Parida)