MUMBAI: A day after a significant dip in cases, the state on Tuesday added 11,000 Covid-19 cases, taking the total caseload to 5,35,601. The state, however, reported a dip in deaths: it added 256, lowest in 14 days. With this, total fatalities in the state are 18,306. The state has reported over 1.13 lakh cases in 11 days in August, of which 10,940 cases are from Mumbai.

The city for the second day in a row reported less than 1,000 cases (917), taking its overall count to 1,25,224. Mumbai recorded 48 deaths, taking its toll to 6,893. While the city’s case fatality rate continues to be over 5.5%, there has been a decline if August numbers are considered. With 540 deaths in 11 days and 10,940 cases, fatality rate has dropped to 4.9%.
In another positive sign for the city, active cases further dropped to 18,887 after hovering in the range of 19,000 to 20,000 since end of July. Cumulative recoveries in the city is nearly touching one lakh. With 1,154 patients discharged, a total of 99,147 have fought Covid and gone home.
BMC commissioner IS Chahal said the target is to bring down fatality numbers further. “We want it to come below 3%,” he said, adding the city now has adequate beds to treat critical cases and hence they are looking deeper into why death rates have remained consistent over months. He said over 2,000 Covid beds in the city are currently occupied by patients from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Health minister Rajesh Tope said the state wants to bring down positivity rate to 5% from 19% currently. Tope met representatives of Indian Medical Association to discuss an insurance scheme for doctors.
A closer look at the state’s 11,088 new cases showed the majority came from MMR (2,713), followed by Pune division (2,459). Within MMR, Mumbai accounted for 917, followed by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Raigad with 296 and 281 respectively. The total count in NMMC areas rose to 19,033 of which 15,173 patients have recovered. Seven deaths there took the toll to 478.
Panvel city reported 179 positives and 4 deaths, taking the tally to 8,427 and deaths to 197. Panvel rural added 26 positives and one more death; Uran taluka reported 25 positives.
Kalyan-Dombivli reported 197 patients and 10 deaths, making the caseload there 22,849, with 458 deaths. The twin city reported 458 discharges, making its recovery rate 80%. Thane showed a better recovery rate of nearly 89%. Thane city reported 173 cases, taking the tally to 21,499, while 4 deaths took the toll to 685.
With over 10,014 patients getting discharged, the state’s recoveries rose to 3,68,435, lending it a recovery rate of 68.79%. Among essential service providers, 41 BEST staffers were discharged on Monday — highest for a day in 5 months.

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