Health officials admitted that fewer tests done on Sunday due to manpower crunch over the weekend could have resulted in lower detections on Monday, but added that the Covid curve has been dipping since October. On December 14, the state had registered 2,949 cases while Mumbai saw 477 additions.
The number of Covid-related deaths, too, dropped on Monday, with 55 deaths in Maharashtra and 12 in Mumbai. However, as a reminder of the large number of deaths recorded in the May-September period, the Covid toll in Mumbai breached the 11,000 mark on Monday (11,008). The overall toll in Maharashtra stands at 48,801 so far.
On Monday, both the state and city saw more recoveries that led to a drop in the number of active cases. In the last 24 hours, 6,053 persons recovered across the state, including 693 in Mumbai.
State public health minister Rajesh Tope said that the recovery rate now reached to 94.24%. Earlier in the day, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with senior bureaucrats in the backdrop of a mutation in the coronavirus in the UK. He announced night curfew as a precautionary measure from Tuesday. He also scheduled an online meeting with district collectors on Tuesday to take stock of the Covid situation.
BMC municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said that the BMC has ensured that all precautions are taken to check any surge in case. The BMC will, for one, continue with 14,000-15,000 Covid-19 tests daily.
However, a senior doctor from a government hospital said that active tracing needs to be stepped up across the state in light of the UK variant. “The mutated virus has been in circulation since September. While stopping flights to the UK will cut down future transmission, we also need to focus on tracing those passengers who arrived in Mumbai/Maharashtra in the last 15 days,” he said.
Meanwhile, Thane city saw 77 new cases, taking the tally to 54,228. With two Covid deaths, the virus toll in Thane city stands at 1228. The recovery rate in Thane city is 95.9%, with 52,168 recoveries and only 959 active cases.
In Navi Mumbai, 82 cases were registered on Monday, taking the total count there to 50,291. Of these, 96% patients have recovered so far. Two deaths were also reported on Monday, taking the total toll to 1,033. PCMC areas reported 30 fresh cases on Monday, taking the total case tally there to 27,157. With one death reported on Monday, the death toll there reached 593.