Mumbai’s contribution to Tuesday’s 10,425 cases in the state was 5.6%. With this, Mumbai’s count has risen to 1,37,683 and state’s tally touched 7,03,823. Mumbai has 17,938 active cases now, while the state has 1,65,921.
Civic authorities attributed the hefty dip to a glitch in downloading case details from the ICMR website. BMC chief IS Chahal told TOI, “We should wait and watch before coming to any inference (about the drastic drop in cases). We cannot be complacent and lower our guard.”
The state has been making a steady addition of 10,000-plus cases every day, and its latest one lakh cases were added in just 8 days. Maharashtra had crossed 6 lakh cases on August 17.
Of the 7 lakh cases in the state since March, 2,82,144 have been added in August alone. A state official said the spread of the infection in Pune, Akola and Nagpur circles continue to be aggressive.
With over 7 lakh cases, Maharashtra surpassed South Africa’s tally of 6.11 lakh, which was the 5th highest in the world.
A day after a dip in deaths in the state and the city, Maharashtra was back to reporting over 300 deaths on Tuesday. With the addition of 329 deaths, the total Covid-19 fatalities in the state now stand at 22,794; Mumbai contributed 35 of Tuesday’s deaths. Of the 329 deaths, 241 were from the last 48 hours, 44 from last week and 44 from a period before that, state officials said.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region that had been witnessing a surge in cases is showing signs of recovery. Mumbra ward reported zero Covid cases on Tuesday – the third time in a month — making the suburb that was once a hotspot a model for others to emulate in Covid management.
MLA Jitendra Awhad attributed the record to sustained civic surveillance and alertness shown by local general practitioners in identifying suspect patients and giving them prompt treatment. He also believes that residents developing herd immunity has aided in the fight. The suburb first reported zero cases on August 9 and tehn on August 22.
In another positive development, following Ulhasnagar where the recovery rate is 93.5%, the recovery rate in two more neighbouring civic bodies – Ambernath and Badlapur — went above 90%. Within the Badlapur civic body’s limits, where cases have been constant with 30 to 50 detections daily, the recovery rate reached 93.3%. On Tuesday, Badlapur reported 31 new patients, taking the tally of patients there to 3,867, of which only 190 patients are taking treatment. Similarly in Ambernath, recovery rate has reaches 91.3% as out of a total of 4,733 patients only 180 (3.8%) are still under treatment.
In Kalyan- Dombivli too, which has been the second worst hit city in MMR after Mumbai, recovery rate went up to 86%. On Tuesday, the twin cities reported 101 patients, taking the tally there to 26,918, with 573 deaths.
For the second day in a row, recoveries in the state were higher that daily additions. The state saw 12,300 recoveries on Tuesday, taking the total recoveries to 5.14 lakh. The rate of recovery of the state is now nearly 73.1%, below the country’s average of 75%.
(Inputs by Pradeep Gupta and Manoj Badgeri)