The latest one lakh cases in MMR were added in 21 days, and the surge in Mumbai in the past 15 days has been a factor. Also, Thane district is close to the 2 lakh mark, with the most active cases (30,563). MMR has 70,919 active cases in all now.
Meanwhile, the ‘Sunday effect’ was apparent as the state added 10,244 cases, lowest since August 17, and 263 deaths, lowest in 7 days. Mumbai reported 1,813 cases and 47 deaths.The state’s total toll is now 38,347. A state government official said staff shortage over the weekends always results in a lower tally in Monday’s reports (results are computed over a 24-48-hour cycle instead of real-time additions).
The city’s tally now stands at 2.15 lakh and its toll at 9,152. MMR’s 3,603 cases for the day also marked a 21% drop over the previous day. The drop was sharper at 44% in the Pune circle, where 1,884 cases were registered as against 3,408 the previous day.
In Mumbai, civic officials said 2,000 is the average daily figure that is likely to stay for a few days due to increased testing. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said 70% of the sectors had opened up in the city. “There is already substantial movement of vehicles and people in the city. On an average, we get around 2,000 cases, but we don’t anticipate a further climb in the number,” he said, adding that the BMC already has adequate beds to handle the pandemic. If people participate in keeping the Covid transmission in check by wearing masks and observing hand hygiene, the curve won’t rise further, he said.
The BMC update on Monday showed the total number of active cases in the city dropped to 24,199 after a reconciliation exercise in the 24 municipal wards resulted in removal of 2,173 cases as they were either duplicate or patients from out of Mumbai.
A total of 284 new cases were registered in Thane city on Monday, taking the count to 38,632, while five fatalities took the toll to 1,029.
Kalyan-Dombivli on Monday reported 280 new patients and seven deaths, taking the tally there to 44,064, with 857 deaths. On Monday, 405 patients recovered there, taking the number of discharges to 39,763 patients. Only 3,444 patients are under treatment in the KDMC area, officials said.
In Navi Mumbai, 366 cases were added on Monday to the tally, which now stands at 38,468. NMMC reported five deaths, taking the toll to 783. The PCMC areas reported 121 cases and 20 deaths.
In positive news for the second day in a row, the daily recoveries in the state were higher than daily additions. A total of 12,982 people recovered, taking the total recoveries to 11.6 lakh and the rate of recovery to 80%.
(Inputs by Pradeep Gupta, Vijay Singh, Umesh K Parida and Manoj Badgeri)