MUMBAI: The state reported a marginal decline in cases and deaths even as it added 21,656 new Covid-19 cases and 440 deaths on Friday, the fourth day in a row that the state reported over 20,000 cases and 400 deaths. The post-Ganpati surge in cases continued in the city as Mumbai reported 2,283 cases and 52 deaths, highest in 41 days.

Amid these grim numbers, on a positive note, the state saw a record 22,078 recoveries on Friday, pushing total recoveries to 8.3 lakh and total recovery rate to 71.4%. With this, active cases recorded a drop in the state but continued to increase in the city. With these additions, the state’s total tally stands at 11,67,496 lakh and the death toll is 31,791. Of 440 deaths added, 405 were reported on Friday and 35 were old deaths added to the tally now due to data updation, the state update said. The city now has a total Covid tally of over 1.8 lakh and a toll of 8,375. Of the 52 victims in the city, 39 were over 60 years old. The city’s infection rate last week increased to 1.25% and doubling rate was down to 56 days. Active cases in the city went up to 34,259.
Dr Rahul Pandit, ICU head from Fortis Hospital in Mulund who is a member of the state task force on Covid, said the surge is mainly the result of more testing. Mumbai has been managing between 13,000-15,000 tests every day. “We are doing more tests, we are still chasing the virus and we will pick up more cases and treat them. This is the only way to close the tap,” he said. Experts don’t want to dub this increase as a second wave. Dr Subash Salunke, technical advisor to the state government, said it’s irrelevant to use terms such as second wave or resurgence. “When it first appeared, Covid was in an acute phase but it has since changed into a more chronic entity. We could say we are witnessing an extended occurrence of the outbreak. It will progress through the population, from urban to rural areas. When huge geographical areas such as Maharashtra or India are involved, you are bound to get different stages of the disease.”
At the state level, Pune region added the highest cases while MMR reported the highest deaths. MMR region added 5,457 cases and 98 deaths, taking total cases in the region to 4.2 lakh and deaths to 14,568. Pune region recorded 5,580 cases and 85 fatalities, taking total cases to 3.1 lakh and deaths to 6,852. Meanwhile, Kalyan-Dombivli saw 591 new cases on Friday, taking its tally to 37,831. The number of fatalities there rose by 7, taking the toll to 757. The recovery rate there is 83%, with 31,577 patients having recovered and only 5,497 active cases left.
In Thane, 409 new cases on Friday took the total tally of infected patients there to 32,082 so far, while the fatalities rose by four to take the virus toll to 922.

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