Mumbai saw a marginal rise in new cases, two days after daily detection dropped to less than 1,000. After 924 cases detected on Saturday, it rose to 1,038 on Saturday and 1,062 on Sunday. The daily positivity rate continued to hover over 4%. In comparison, Delhi’s positivity is now down to 1.19%. Mumbai’s overall caseload has now reached 7,04,622. Civic officials said that nearly 25,000 tests were carried out on Sunday. On a positive note, deaths continued to slide, with 22 fatalities recorded on Sunday, down from 25 on Saturday and 30 on Friday. The city has lost 14,797 people to Covid since the start of the pandemic.
State officials said that the decline in cases was seen despite over 2.52 lakh tests being carried out on Sunday. Maharashtra has carried out over 2.6 lakh tests on an average daily in the past week, although in several districts the proportion of antigen tests has steadily risen to 70%. Active cases in the state have dropped under 2,71,801, while in Mumbai to 28,000.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that though Covid cases are currently under control, every precaution must be taken to avoid a surge. He said daily detections have finally dropped below last year’s peak that was 24,886 (September 11). “A good sign this year is that the current recovery rate is 92%, which was 78% last year. Though the cases in urban areas are reducing, the cases in rural parts are cause for concern,” he said, adding that discharges have crossed 53.62 lakh. The CM said that since experts are anticipating a third wave, some restrictions will have to continue. “It is painful to impose the restrictions, but it is a tough and unpleasant decision I had to take,” said Thackeray.
Deaths continue to be a cause for worry, say experts, who add that attention must be paid to post-Covid complications. As many as 402 deaths were reported on Sunday, while another 412 previous unreported deaths were added to the cumulative Covid toll for Maharashtra that now stands at 94,844. This was the eight day in a row that the state added old deaths that occurred weeks ago. Of the 412 such deaths, 68 were from Pune, 54 from Latur, 40 in Palghar, 29 in Nashik, among others.
A public health official said that Kolhapur circle was reporting more deaths than bigger urban centres like Mumbai and Pune. On Sunday, 125 of the 402 deaths were from Kolhapur circle with Kolhapur district alone contributing to 74 deaths. In comparison, Mumbai circle had 38 deaths, Nashik had 58 and Pune circle had 69 deaths. Thackeray also said that ‘long Covid’ cases were seen in patients. The public health official added that the average length of hospitalisation is 12-16 days.