Thane district’s cumulative positivity rate of 33% is the highest in the state. It is followed by Raigad (30%) and Palghar (29%) districts.
Thackeray held a video review with the civic chiefs of Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander, Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Ulhasnagar and directed them to set up jumbo medical centres like those in Mumbai. He emphasised increased testing, contact tracing and community participation.
He said MMR had failed to set up jumbo facilities despite the government insisting on it since March.
The CM allayed concerns over the recent transfers of some municipal commissioners during the pandemic. He said it had nothing to do with their performance, but certain quick decisions had to be taken in the face of mounting Covid-19 numbers.
Thane city’s cases touched 12,053, with 348 testing positive on Thursday, including an assistant police inspector. With 16 deaths, including that of a constable, the toll now is 446. Thane had crossed the 10,000 cases mark on July 4. Civic officials attributed the 2,000 cases in six days to rigorous testing. Thane police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar urged people with symptoms to get tested at designated centres.
The CM’s principal advisor Ajoy Mehta, who attended Thursday’s meeting, cautioned that Thane district’s rising cases were a concern for the state and nation.
Kalyan-Dombivli the total cases rose to 10,931. Six persons succumbed on Thursday, taking the death toll of 158. The civic administration has dispersed 10,000 antigen kits to private doctors and non-Covid hospitals to help with rapid testing. Another 25,000 kits are expected soon, officials said.
Civic officials said a jumbo facility comprising 25,000 beds is being planned in KDMC.
As cases in Navi Mumbai jumped to 8,518 with 239 new positives, Turbhe slum, which is among the worst hit, improved its contact tracing ratio to 1:26. No fresh case has been reported in this slum for the past 10 days. NMMC’s overall contact tracing stands at 1:11. It has now set a target of 1:20 for the city. Nine deaths on Thursday took the toll there to 278.
The Panvel City Municipal Corporation area saw 165 fresh cases on Thursday, taking the total to 3,330. Two deaths took the toll to 90.
Mira-Bhayander reported 185 new cases, taking its tally to 4,993. Two deaths there took the toll to 178. The civic administration’s plans to stop home quarantine and introduce compulsory institutional quarantine received a setback with 13 hotels refusing to convert their premises into care centres.
(Inputs by B B Nayak, Nishikant Karlikar, Shrutika Sukhi, Pradeep Gupta)