MUMBAI: For the second consecutive day, the city reported three Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday. On January 3-4 too, the city had seen three deaths each. The toll now stands at 11,398.
On Tuesday, 24 of the 36 districts in the state didn’t report a single death. The remaining dozen recorded 35 deaths, of which Pune accounted for the highest (7), followed by Nagpur and Satara (6 each). Maharashtra had recorded a 291-day low of 15 deaths on Monday before it jumped to 35 on Tuesday, taking the toll to 51,360. The state health bulletin said that of the 35 deaths, 25 occurred in the last 48 hours and 10 in previous weeks.
The state’s cumulative death rate though continued to be 2.5%, much above the national average of 1.4%. The global average is 2.2%. There are still a few districts like Bhandara and Parbhani which have a higher fatality rate.
The state on Tuesday recorded a marginal rise in positive cases and deaths. A total of 2,515 new positive cases were detected, up from 2,216 on Monday, taking the state’s overall tally to 20,48,802. For the second day in a row though, Mumbai reported below 400 cases. There were 375 new cases reported on Tuesday, a dip from Monday’s 399 cases. The case tally has now reached 3,12,655 for the city.
State health minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said there has been no new case of the UK variant of coronavirus in the state, after 11 such cases reported last month. He said some weeks back, the state government had identified cases of the UK variant of Covid-19, but all the infected persons were tracked and treated properly. “They were kept under strict institutional quarantine. Since then, no new case (of the UK variant) has been found in the state,” the minister said.
He also said that a discussion on easing train travel timings for the general public will be taken at the state cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Former KEM hospital dean Dr Avinash Supe had previously told TOI that several wards in the city had not recorded any death over a period of seven days which was a sign of the pandemic situation improving on ground. TOI had earlier reported how six city wards didn’t register any deaths in the last week of January, while eight wards saw one death each. As per the civic report, of the three deceased on Tuesday, all had comorbidities and were above the age of 60 years.