A day earlier, the state recorded 14,492 cases, equalling the highest single-day jump it recorded on August 20. The state also logged 297 deaths on Saturday. Barring six days in August, the state has reported over 10,000 cases daily the entire month. So far in August, the state has added 2.6 lakh cases and 7,259 deaths, of which 24,137 cases and 1,069 deaths are from Mumbai.
The city reported below 1,000 cases on Sunday, lowest in the last four days. The addition was 991, taking the count in the city to 1,36,353. The weekend had a silver lining though: the city added 34 cases on Saturday, second lowest in 87 days, and deaths were at 32, lowest in 86 days. The BMC on Sunday also reached the milestone of 7lakh tests since the coronavirus outbreak.
Pune division added the highest number of cases and deaths on Sunday. A total of 3,105 were added by Pune division and 80 deaths reported. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray virtually inaugurated a Covid hospital in Shivajinagar in Pune and directed the administration to ensure that steps are taken to avoid a second wave.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region, excluding Mumbai city, added 1,679 cases and 28 deaths. Cases in the rest of MMR have now reached 1,72,655, way ahead of Mumbai’s. In terms of deaths though, Mumbai continues to have more. Compared to 7,422 deaths in Mumbai, the rest of MMR has 4,797 deaths. A senior state official said one of the reasons for higher deaths in Mumbai was the element of surprise. “Mumbai saw Covid cases and a peak before it reached MMR. And when MMR saw its peak, Mumbai not only helped with technical expertise but also with Covid beds and overall treatment infrastructure,” said the official, who however added that Mumbai’s fatality rate continued to be one of the highest in the country and a cause for concern.
Within MMR, Panvel Municipal Corporation surpassed the 10,000-mark on Saturday. Total positives stands at 10,434 and deaths at 254. There were allegations that Covid patients were being discharged without being tested, but given discharge cards asking them to test elsewhere later. Also, testing kits were allegedly unavailable at public health centres. PCMC data shows Kamothe has the highest (2,164) cases, Kharghar has 1,975, New Panvel recorded 1,881 cases, Kalamboli 1,782, Panvel 1,730 and Taloja 571 cases. Of the 254 deaths reported so far, Kamothe accounts for the highest: 63.