The city also continued to add over 2,000 new cases for the fifth day in a row, it added 2,209 cases and 44 deaths on Sunday taking total cases to 1,84,439 and deaths to 8469.
Authorities attributed the surge to increased testing. Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, said over 70% of positive cases are coming from high-rises.
“This is why we are pushing for the ‘My Family My Responsibility’ campaign, where health workers are carrying out door-to-door screening,” he said. Kakani said that in housing societies not permitting a door-to-door campaign to be held, they are setting up camps on the premises. “The idea is to pick up cases among elderly and comorbid people early,” he said. BMC said Mumbai’s recovery rate has crossed 80% with active cases dipping to 27,787.
Former KEM dean Dr Avinash Supe, who carries out a weekly audit of deaths, said the fatality number has dropped below 2%, though cumulative rate since March is 4.67%. “The focus has shifted from cases to reducing deaths and early detection and treatment has been found to make a big difference,” he said.
The state has recorded the highest discharges in a single day; even Mumbai has been discharging over 5,000 people in a single day since Saturday. Maharashtra sent home 26,408 on Sunday, taking total discharges to 8.8 lakh and rate of recovery to 73%. In just eight days after overtaking Thane in active cases, the count in Mumbai dropped below that in the neighbouring district on Sunday as it discharged over 10,000 over the weekend.
At the state level, the MMR reported the highest cases and deaths. A total of 5,209 cases and 99 deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the total cases to 4.3 lakh and deaths to 14,780. Pune region came second, with 5,193 cases and 96 deaths. Total cases in Pune region were 3.2 lakh and 7,045 deaths.